A.J. Jacobs Omnibus: The Know-It-All, The Year of Living by A. J. Jacobs

By A. J. Jacobs

An e-book boxed set that includes the 1st 3 of A.J. Jacobs's riotous—and unusually informative—ventures into experiential journalism.

The Know-It-All: Puzzle besides A.J. as he endeavors to read—and retain—the whole encyclopedia, and notice what precisely it's he learns alongside the way.

The 12 months of residing Biblically: become aware of what existence will be like within the twenty first century should you lived accurately through the dictates of the Bible—the insights won approximately faith may shock you.

My existence as an test: subscribe to A.J. on a roller-coaster journey of existence as a human guinea pig: he explores either the perks and pitfalls of assorted undertakings in a sequence of fascinating essays, together with these titled “My Outsourced Life" and "My existence as a gorgeous Woman."

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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