Katie Couric Interviews William Powers

2010-07-21T23:59:48+00:00 July 21st, 2010|

Katie Couric and William Powers

Katie Couric interviewed me for @KATIECOURIC, her long-form online interview show.  It was the perfect venue for discussing Hamlet’s BlackBerry and we had an excellent conversation.

It was clear she had read the book – not a given, especially with media stars – and she asked really probing questions. We talked about digital gadgets at home, at work and in church. We talked about iPhones and the brain, and the relationship (or non-relationship) between BlackBerrys and sex.

But for me, the best part of the interview was when we got my talking about my favorite self-help book, the ’70s classic How to Be Your Own Best Friend, and its argument that a good life begins with the ability to be happy alone.

We agreed it’s not an easy skill to master.  A lifelong challenge, really.

You can watch the full interview here.