76: Merlin Mann

Steve chats with Merlin Mann about his history with libraries, the importance of the library as a community space, why libraries aren’t dead, and checking in with the Library Elf.

photo by Graham Ballantyne
photo by Graham Ballantyne

Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco.

Merlin created 43 Folders, co-hosts Back to Work, Roderick on the Line, and Reconcilable Differences (and appears on many other podcasts), and speaks and consults about things like emailtime & attention, and creative work.

Sure, Merlin also makes and does other stuff, including kinda-famous things like Inbox Zero, the Hipster PDA, the Procrastination Dash5ivesThat Phone Guy, and, of course, his personal favorite, “Cranking.” Merlin strongly discourages you from following him on Twitter.


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2 thoughts on “76: Merlin Mann

  1. I have only listened to a bit of this but I have to comment – I started high school in 7th grade (our town is very small). My NEW high school had classes on the outside, in a round plan. Our library was in the center of that high school too! Thanks for the memory

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