I've finally got the advance copy of "Moonwalking With Einstein" that Joshua Foer kindly sent me. Autographed, too! I'm building up quite a collection of signed memory books by other people. Almost but not quite motivates me to write a proper one of my own!
I'll read it properly at a later date, but I thought I should give it a quick plug tonight on the strength of five minutes' skimming - it's a fun, light-hearted account of Josh's year-and-a-bit exploring the world of memory competitions. It seems like the kind of thing that might appeal even to someone who's never heard of memory sports before, so if you fall into that category (I can't imagine how you come to be reading my blog if you do, but you never know), please do check it out anyway.
If you're into the present-day memory scene, of course, the book is five years behind the times, but still fun in a nostalgic kind of way. Judging by the sheer volume of questions the fact-checker bombarded me with, in fact, the last five years have been spent editing ten volumes' worth of words from it, because I think the majority of the 'facts' I confirmed way back when didn't make it into the finished work. Also, having been fact-checked, I feel entitled, even obliged, to sue the publishers for the assertion that I met Josh for the first time in Oxford rather than Germany, or that I was 'temporarily unemployed' during the time he was looking me up on the internet. I was actually in full-time work for the entire three-year period around that point, which is wildly unlike me, I know. Also, it says "principle" when it means "principal" at one point. There's probably a mnemonic for remembering how to get that right. I'll create one and put it in my next book.
But those are my only complaints! Go on, buy the book! It's well worth reading, and I'm in it!