How can aphorisms change your life? Find out when James Geary brings his Juggling Aphorisms show - yes real live juggling of words and balls. Geary presents a mix of memoir, literary history, audience participation - and live juggling, with words and balls. Audience members are invited to randomly pick an aphorism from a globe and read it aloud; Geary then tells about that aphorism and the person who wrote it, weaving in personal and historical anecdote. There are also several blank strips of paper in the globe. If an audience member draws one of these, they can name any theme and Geary must cite a related aphorism on the spot. If he fails, they get a free copy of the book!-James Geary
James Geary is an American-born, London-based writer and the former Europe editor of Time.
His most recent book is Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists which he claims to be the largest collection of aphorisms in the English language, and follows on from his previous volume on aphorists and aphorisms, The World in a Phrase (published in the UK - but now out of print - as We Are What We Think). The World in a Phrase has also been published in Brazilian Portuguese - as O Mundo em una Frase - as well as Korean.
Previous literary efforts include a popular science book called The Body Electric, a survey of cybernetic projects attempting to replace or enhance human biological senses (also published in Spain as El Cuerpo Electrónico, and two much earlier books of poetry written while he was a student in San Francisco, 17 Reasons Why and Words for Refrigerator Doors.
Geary publishes a blog about aphorisms, All Aphorisms, All The Time, via his website. He is also a regular speaker at literary festivals where he gives a largely unscripted lecture on aphorisms which includes his juggling routine.
Among his journalistic credits, apart from his work at Time, Geary is Editor at Large for Ode magazine and writes online for The Huffington Post, Salon.com and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc's Newsletter.