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Joseph T. HallinanDescribe your latest project.
As the title suggests, this is a book about why we make mistakes. I've come to think of it as a field guide to human error a book that explains, in everyday language, why we make some of the mistakes we do, and also offers some helpful hints about making fewer of them.
Probably the same things that inspire most writers: A mortgage. Tuition. Fear.
But these aside, writing is what I've wanted to do, in one way or another, since I was 18 or so. And writing books offers something few jobs do: a sense of permanence. Long after the author is dead and gone, the book survives; and that knowledge affords a sense of purposefulness to a life.
Describe your favorite childhood teacher and how that teacher influenced you.
What do you do for relaxation?
What was your favorite book as a kid?
What new technology do you think may actually have the potential for making people's lives better?
If you could be reincarnated for one day to live the life of any scientist or writer, who would you choose and why?
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
What are some of the things you'd like your computer to do that it cannot now do?
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Joseph T. Hallinan, a former writer for the Wall Street Journal, is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives with his wife and children in Chicago.