You don’t get to be prime minister of
On March 28, 2007,
The prime minister was there, too, but he didn’t speak. In fact, he scarcely looked up. His mind was on things far more urgent and significant than art. As Martel reflected on the whole affair, it troubled him that a national leader—or anyone, for that matter—is so busy that they can’t take time to enjoy beauty and reflect on life.
So Martel started a one-man crusade to teach the prime minister to read. Or rather, to remind him to take time to read. Every two weeks for the rest of the prime minister’s tenure, Martel plans to send him a new book with a letter explaining why someone as busy as a prime minister (or a grad student, or a mom . . .) would benefit from taking the time to read it.
The book list, complete with Martel's letters, can be seen here. Presumably, it will be updated every two weeks.