A.J. Jacobs, who documented his attempt to abide by the literal words of the Hebrew scriptures in The Year of Living Biblically, will speak about that effort at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the ballroom of the William Pitt Union. The Union is at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd. in Oakland. His talk is sponsored by the Hillel Jewish University Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
During his year of living biblically he not only spent time with various kinds of Orthodox Jews, but with Christians, including the Amish and snake handlers, who work seriously at taking the words of scripture literally.
Mr. Jacobs, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, is a 21st century George Plimpton, who takes on serious assignments in a whimsical way. In Drop Dead Healthy he took the quest for a physical perfection to extremes. In My Life as An Experiment he adopted a variety of personnas to experience life as everything from a beautiful woman to a famous actor. He even imitated a corporation by temporarily outsourcing his daily activities -- from shopping to arguing with his wife -- to a team in India.