Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to art, architecture and philosophy, including The Art of Travel and How Proust Can Change Your Life. He founded The School of Life.
His newest book, The News: A User’s Manual (Pantheon), is a thought-provoking look at the peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives, mixing snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, in search of answers to the questions: What do we want from this? Is it doing us any good?
What does the news do to our brains, our souls, and our views of one another?
Alain de Botton was interviewed by Brian Stelter, the host of “Reliable Sources,” which examines the week’s top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide.