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Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

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"Eat, Pray, Love" Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius...

John Irving: Advice to Aspiring Novelists: Don’t Shoot Yourself

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After the publication of the "World According to Garp" and numerous other bestsellers, John Irving does not really have to worry about his career. But, for those looking to break into the book-writing business today, ...

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

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Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to lif...

Ricky Gervais: The Principles of Comedy

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Comedy isn't just about making people laugh, it's about making people think.

Franz Harary ideaCity06

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Magician Franz Harary demonstrates magic tricks and explains the logic and the fundamental techniques of the illusions he produces.

Authors@Google: Neal Stephenson

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Anathem, the latest invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a...

Why Haruki Murakami Inspires Writing Career – Scott Gold

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In Chapter 9 of 20 of his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, author and writer Scott Gold answers "How Has Haruki Murakami Inspired Your Approach to Developing a Storytelling Career?" Gold app...

Gary Snyder: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Riprap

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Fifty years ago this Fall a small press in Kyoto, Japan published an English language book of poems, Riprap, by an unknown, first-time poet and UC Berkeley graduate student, Gary Snyder. It was, along with Allen Ginsb...

Three Reasons to Keep Physical Books

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Books are important because electronic storage is fairly fragile. That said, e-books provide many advantages, especially for those with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about anoth...

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