|Ryan Holiday, I think|
I’m always impressed when I run across a digital native who’s read a whole book. It shocked me then recently when I stumbled across a guest post on Tim Ferris’s very au courant blog titled “The Experimental Life: An Introduction to Michel de Montaigne” by 21-year-old Ryan Holiday. I’m a big fan of Montaigne, the French essayist who lived in the 1500s. What astonished me was that Holiday’s post is an intelligent take on Montaigne, different from my own recent post positing Montaigne as the first blogger (just a little hyperbole there), but just as interesting and valid as mine.
Ferris, the author of the best-selling book The Four-Hour Work Week, describes Holiday as the director of marketing at the edgy Los Angeles clothing company American Apparel. At first, the skeptic in me wanted to see the purported 21-year-old Holiday as a hoax, perhaps Tim Ferris’s idea of a joke, something like Sidd Finch, the legendary baseball pitcher dreamed up by George Plimpton. But a little Googling convinced me that Ryan Holiday is real. Not only real, but notorious for creating risque ads online for American Apparel. How could a kid barely legal to buy a drink be the Don Draper of the Fast Company crowd and also write a great post about Montaigne?
Then I checked out Holiday’s own blog and discovered that his favorite book is the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, another of my main men. I’m still not entirely sure how much of Holiday is genuine and how much is savvy marketing of his personal brand. All I really know is that Ryan Holiday.net is worth reading.