In many ways, biographies are like
podcasts where you pop into other
people’s life and get the juiciest bits out of them, and then take away from it whatever fits best.
You can read about them even if you haven’t read their books or listened to their music, but I find it most helpful, interesting, and insightful if I know their work already. The risk with biographies, however, is that some of them are written overly in favour of the author or that they are too nostalgic and glorifying. A definite exception to this and an honest book is the autobiography “Not Dead Yet” by Phil Collins. Some other favourites of mine are “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem, “Alexandre Dumas – A Great Life in Brief“ by Andre Maurois, and “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big“ by Scott Adams. The best autobiographies, in my opinion, are the ones that tell the story and life of someone in an objective way, including their flaws and mistakes, because we’re all three dimensional and the best stories are never about perfect characters.
- Rossitza Pfeifer