So the famous movie producer Brian Grazer–Apollo 13, Splash, A Beautiful Mind–has a beautiful mind himself. If you buy Socrates’ contention that the unexamined life is not worth living, then Grazer is axiomatically living a very worthwhile life. His new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, examines nearly everything. It’s a selection from the more than 450 hour-long meetings Grazer’s had with visionaries in every field of human endeavor–from Steve Jobs to Jonas Salk to Muhammad Ali.
A Curious Mind is like a coffee table book for pop philosophers, where Beyonce’s take on the world sits side by side with the mental meanderings of the infinitely curious oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Grazer himself comes across as a humble seeker, who never let his huge Hollywood success crush his inner child–the child who wants to know everything.