Yesterday was the official launch date of All the Money in the World. It’s always exciting to send a book out into the world and see what happens. The first thing that happened is that Amazon sold out. So if you tried to order through Amazon, please know that they are getting more copies right now. Kindle copies are, of course, unlimited. And all the other retailers have the book. So please order away!
Curiously, though yesterday was launch day for ATM, I’m getting a lot of media hits related to my prior book, 168 Hours. I’ll take attention in any way I can get it. I had three CBS MoneyWatch pieces:
“What the Happiest People Do On Their Lunch Hour” — they take a friend to lunch, of course! I explain the happiness research that leads to such an activity being so pleasant.
“5 Ways To Spend a Windfall” — a quick discussion of the “$10,000 Game.” Figuring out what you’d do with found money that you had to spend in a memorable way can teach you what your long-term goals might be.
“How Every Day Can Be Leap Day” — You don’t need extra time to live the life you want. You can live the life you want in the time you have now.
I wrote an essay for Fortune on “What should we teach our kids about money?” Teaching kids to be smart, rather than wasteful or tight, is a very fine line, and one that’s hard to teach in the toy aisle. I quite liked this essay, so please give it a read and share it around.
I’ve got a guest post over at Free Range Kids (Lenore Skenazy’s blog) claiming that “You can’t helicopter parent three kids.” It’s an extension of my marginal-costs-of-kids idea from ATM: it’s hard to fret three times as much about three kids as you do about one.
Various media hits:
The Economist’s Game Theory blog mentioned my USA Today column on inequality in an article claiming golf was “The Cruelest Sport.” (It all ties in, trust me).
The Sydney Morning Herald ran 10 time-saving tips from me, telling readers to “Slow down to save time.” This ran in 5 sister newspapers across Australia, so we’re getting a lot of visitors from Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra. Fun! I spent 4 months in Australia in college and had an amazing time. This was where I first formulated my philosophy that if you have the chance to travel, you should, even if you’re spending more money than you planned. You can work more later, and you can often travel pretty cheaply.
I was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on Tuesday, talking about time; you can access the audio file here.
The Boston Globe runs an interview with me on “Secret to gaining time and money: It’s all in your head.”
The Los Angeles Times mentioned 168 Hours in a rather off-beat column called “The 24-Hour Day: It’s so yesterday.”
Phew! More to come later, but I’m in a place with buggy internet access so I’ll post another round-up next week.