Sunday, March 21, 2010

‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch

‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch is easily the best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. Personally, I fell in love with the humility of the copy that I borrowed from the library. Unlike most books on the New York Time’s best seller list, ‘The Last Lecture’ was situated in the stuffy mathematics and computer section. Think about it; when’s the last time you went to the old computer manuals section of your local library.

Essentially, Randy Pausch was a renowned professor of virtual reality, but he was so much more than a man between the walls of academia; he was person. As a child he had aspiring dreams, and as an adult, he lived and preached a fulfilling and wholesome lifestyle. In a lot of ways, it’s similar to a self-help book, where he offers conventional wisdom to the readers and attendants of his actual last lecture, but it’s more than a spokesperson or physiologist attempting to sell a book and make a profit; he’s going to die. This is it. And he delivers on so many levels.

Also, I’m the type of person who likes to finish a book in one or two sittings just to be done with it, but you can feel the gravity of his words and everything that’s written feels important and intentional. If you read this book, which I highly recommend, read slow and soak it in.

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