After the Show Show: Mitch Albom
Author discusses his new book ‘The Time Keeper’
- Duration 5:45
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Author discusses his new book ‘The Time Keeper’
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Look into the after the show show for a Friday September it's the fourteenth right this week has sort of been a bowler with all of the foreign -- -- not going on that work.
Talking about something a little bet better news with Mitch album he's written a new book the time keeper for -- in six years were talking about you know -- you finally get the idea.
And make yourself sit down at a computer and do it and how did you come up with -- and I -- I -- -- charity there I know I try.
-- two think about things and not only concern me but concern other people too and time it seems an odd I've gotten older parents and grown L have lost a lot of loved ones.
I've been thinking a lot about how we spend our time and and and also we live in this moment where everything is so fast and everybody on these blackberries and you know we're in cable news world news you know better than anybody.
And yet it doesn't seem that anybody -- very satisfied or happy talk coming up this idea of -- look at how we began counting time.
And go back to the very beginning and see if maybe we weren't supposed to be doing that and that became kind of premise and book -- and how did increase their kids and well actually -- mean it you know while the book is sort of stable it really does actually show you this a -- put a stick in the ground.
And the sun cast a shadow when he started measuring -- with stones -- next thing you know you had a -- dial and then had a water clock and then.
And then we started counting the minutes in the months in the sun and the moon but you know where the only creatures on earth that -- time you know -- -- doesn't know it's his birthday and health and doesn't know how long it's supposed to live.
And one of the problems -- once you start counting time you start counting it down.
-- how much longer do I have that's when everybody worries about.
So in my book the first person is actually punished for counting time -- it turns out that that's not what they haven't really wants to do wants to live not count.
And he has to live fraternity.
Locked in a cave.
-- -- only puts it with a sand there was -- and listen to all the complaints that people have about time from here it took to the modern day and he finally comes back and art time.
Comes back to earth with this hour glass -- -- -- -- like New York City -- in New York because though but and he sees you know what his invention has -- And he has to find the -- a teenage girl and -- very old man any sort of teaches them the true meaning of time and if he succeeds.
He's finally allowed to be free and finish his life and -- sort of follow his.
Less -- an -- seeing how kids have such a different perspective of time now to my kids who are seven and nine you know they want to celebrate -- half birthday right.
And they can hardly wait to get older right right and -- so what do you think is the is the precipice -- -- you suddenly come up to a certain point your life where you see it exactly the opposite.
-- when you take your SAT.
I ever go for everybody at some different tipping point where you start looking back more than follower for more than back.
But I do think that kids have a different perspective that's why I created those two characters a teenage girl.
Is bullied on the Internet she wants to kill herself she wants to give her time back.
And father time ends of -- you can't do that you don't get that time that you've been blessed with you never know tomorrow's going to be.
The answer to your prayers you know and then the old guys -- -- rich tycoon you know one of the richest men in the world he doesn't want to die because he thinks is too important.
So he's gonna -- himself and come back -- a hundred years and it's a different lesson for him and he says no you can't get extra time you only have the time you have Mitch if you live by the clock you -- viewed cable news shows a sports reporters.
And it has a -- he wrote the book had to change your life well I always write books to sort of teach myself something you know -- -- -- -- was.
A lot of people have embraced it for themselves but for me I wrote it cause I needed to learn those lessons and same thing with a five -- men have been in the other books have written.
So what kind of did this because exactly what you -- I -- my life was becoming a slave to little flashing red lights on a Blackberry and and that always answering the phone and always -- to be some always always always doing that.
And you know it has actually helped me sort of that is you know slow things down take the watch off build in time where nobody can reach me.
If of started doing this -- -- been the last few years and down in Haiti -- this orphanage that I took over the operations foreign.
I wrote some of this book down there and it was actually kind of interest -- because there's no time down there I mean.
We don't even have electricity you know most of the time or water and so you're just kind of setting for the kids and trying to make sure that they eat.
And trying to make sure that they have a laugh and and and and a hug.
And I literally I take the -- soft there's no use -- the phones don't work.
And so its interest in the sort of be in a place where you kind of look at the -- -- see what time it is.
As opposed to you know you're digital -- out all the time and was very educational as I did this book.
So you have done a lot of charity work I mean I think I read in the notes he found at seven -- Well.
Been given a lot and I'm -- -- firm believer that when you're doing a lot you have to return and in -- and I live in a pretty tough city and Detroit.
Could use some texts and so a lot of my charities in there and it worked with the homeless.
And then got some charities for the arts and then no one and -- but honestly.
I should be doing more I mean everybody should be doing mornings and so.
People like us have been given a lot and -- -- sitting on television you know you're in a very very unique little.
Category of people and now I think more it was a one who kind of lectured me Morrie Schwartz and they said what do you do for charity and that's about right checks.
-- -- anybody can read tech news that you have a voice you have to use it and I I believe.
That's -- people always learn something from reading your books and journal B a best seller.
It's called a time keeper and some novelist time and it's good to see you thanks thanks for having on -- -- -- my pleasure.
And that wraps up our after the session have a great weekend of violence him.