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What I learned from the Tyler Cowen profile

The Washington Post ran a profile of blogger Tyler Cowen today. As regular readers know, he’s one of my favorites. What I learned from the profile is to always travel with reading material:

This is one of Cowen’s favorite rules, as it relates to consumption of information. “People should be more willing to walk out of movies,” he tells anyone who will listen. “Most movies — they grab you or they don’t, and if they don’t, just leave. Just go. You have already lost money. Why lose the time?”

If a movie doesn’t hook Cowen, he reads a book outside while his wife remains in her seat. Most recent movie they both left: “Greenberg,” starring Ben Stiller.


  1. I barely even go to movies anymore; just NetFlix them (discs or streaming), and stop them if they’re no good. Saves on gas too.

  2. Howard Berkey

    May 14, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Awesome advice, but at this point, anyone with a smartphone has essentially no excuse to ever be bored. Thanks to Stanza, I am never without at least a dozen unread books on my person. I’ve been waiting for ebooks to be this ubiquitous for a long time.

  3. If I’m stuck with just my iPhone I can’t pry myself away from playing Drop7 and occasionally checking in on Twitter.

  4. Howard Berkey

    May 15, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I think we’re going to need to send terminators back in time to take out the first person to integrate a twitter feed into an ebook reader.

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