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Alan Alda overhears himself talking about the meaning of life
Hosting a panel of authors at BookExpo America 2007 that included hip-hop producer Russell Simmons, New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman, and 'outed' former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson (stay tuned!), Alan Alda began by introducing his own book Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself (Random House; September, 2007), which picks up where his last book (Never Have Your Dog Stuffed) left off. Reflecting on his near-death experience on a Chilean mountaintop, Alda philosophized about getting a second chance to find 'meaning' in his life. Hollywood, stage and TV star, most famous for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, Alda dismissed his celebrity status as meaningless, and focused instead on the everyday, here and now interactions with the world as the source of life's elusive, ultimately indefinable meaning.

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