Why you should listen
Writer and thinker David Brooks has covered business, crime and politics (as well as subbing in as the Wall Street Journal's movie critic) over a long career in journalism. He's now an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in a legendary run that started in September 2003.
His column looks deeply into the social currents that underpin American life. He's the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. His newest book, The Social Animal, examines new findings in brain science in the context of a story about two succesful people whose lives unfold in ways that neurological research is helping us understand more deeply.