Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Beth Fertig
Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Neuroscientist and literary scholar Nancy C. Andreasen tries to answer the question: If high IQ does not indicate creative genius, then where does the trait come from, and why is it so often accompanied by mental illness? Andreasen has studied the neuroscience of mental illness and has worked with many gifted subjects, including Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, and John Cheever, from the Iowa Writers' Workshop to investigate the science of genius. She’s currently working with artists and scientists including George Lucas, the mathematician William Thurston, the novelist Jane Smiley, and six Nobel laureates. Her article “Secrets of the Creative Brain” is the cover story of the July/August issue of The Atlantic.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Mason Currey describes the daily rituals of Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, and other other great minds. In Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, he describes the routines that enable novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians to do the work they love to do.
Do you have daily rituals that help you get your work done? Share them—leave a comment below!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
John Matteson talks about the writer and a fiery social critic, Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), who was perhaps the most famous American woman of her generation. She was the leading female figure in the transcendentalist movement, wrote a celebrated column of literary and social commentary, served as the first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper, and she authored the first great work of American feminism: Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Matteson tells her story and examines her legacy in his biography of her, The Lives of Margaret Fuller.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Starting Out in the Thirties (1965), the second installment of Kazin's New Yorker Trilogy, had just been published when he gave this brief talk on the genesis of his artistic motivation at a 1965 Books and Authors Luncheon.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Ultimate acts in stories selected by Colum McCann, and a sharp-edged fantasy by Molly Giles).
Friday, August 10, 2012
By Lauren Spiro
Jack Kerouac famously suggested the Beat Generation is "a swinging group…of new American men intent on joy." Scholars and writers join Kerouac in this 1959 discussion at the Brandeis University Club of New York for a rollicking, witty debate.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Adrienne Rich, a poet and essayist who profoundly influenced a generation of modern American writers, died yesterday at the age of 82. Rich was known as the poet of the women’s movement. Her most renowned collection, "Diving into the Wreck," was published in the midst of the feminist revolution in 1971. With us is Jan Clausen, poet and professor at Goddard College, who was profoundly influenced by Adrienne Rich.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program devoted to the darkly humorous Israeli writer Etgar Keret, whose playful but subversive stories, in which harsh reality often topples into fantasy, have earned him an international following. His story collections include The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, The Girl on the Fridge, and The Nimrod Flipout.