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Friday Morning Coffee Podcast: ‘Light the Dark’ Editor Joe Fassler

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. Today, you can enjoy a Friday Morning Coffee podcast featuring Joe Fassler.  Today, Joe Fassler sits down with the Writer’s Bone own Caitlin Malcuit for an episode of Friday Morning Coffee. Faster is best known as the editor for Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, a reporter/essayist for The Atlantic’s “By Heart” series, and his covering of politics and economics of the American food system as senior editor for The New Food Economy.  Today, he talks writers and creativity in a brand…

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Your Throat – The Source of Your Creative Writing

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Your throat is centered between the energies of your mind and body. If the two are out of sync you will not communicate clearly. To unfold the energies from your throat you must first realize its powerful influence on you. In the throat, you hold your resonance with the outside world. Everything is rhythm and frequency from here. The term “we are on the same wavelength” suggests that with proper toning and rhythm you can lock into a stabilizing, energetic form with the rest of the world. When you reach a state of resonance you are in the groove and every cell in your body is in sync. This is the perfect place in which to write and share your…

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Visual Thinking: Temple Grandin’s TED Talk and a Book List to Give You Perspective

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and it’s worth it to take a minute to celebrate the innumerable ways people are unique. Animal behavior pioneer Temple Grandin has been an Autism advocate and activist for years, and in her talk from TED2010, she shares her distinctive outlook on the world. She breaks down the main ways people on the “continuum” of Autism can develop as thinkers, and expands on her own experience as a visual thinker. For Grandin, her visual thinking allowed her insights into detail-oriented problem solving that the people around her missed – and in this talk, she makes it clear that young people today on the Autism spectrum have just as much potential as she did. In…

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Author Jennifer Clement Answers One Question about ‘Widow Basquiat’

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Here’s the truth: I don’t know what makes an artist, an artist. They just seem to have this inner-fire pushing them to create. I constantly struggle with what to actually call it. I don’t even know if it has a name; I just know that when people have it they really have it. Only a few people come to mind when I think of art, artists or artistry, as I recognize it to be. And one of those people is Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jennifer Clement, author of Widow Basquiat: A Love Story (Crown Publishing, 2014), writes about Basquiat’s life before he became a famous artist. Sadly, he only witnessed his own fame for a short period of time before dying of a…

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Curb Procrastination: Tim Urban’s TED Talk Inspires a Motivational Book List

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Procrastination plagues the best of us. In this TED talk from TED 2016 in February, Wait But Why blogger and sorta-kinda professional procrastinator Tim Urban takes us inside the minds of serial procrastinators. He breaks down three distinct voices in our brains related to procrastination: the “rational decision-maker,” the “instant gratification monkey,” and the all-powerful “panic monster” that leaps into action as soon as a catastrophic deadline creeps up on us. However, what starts out as a comical breakdown of what’s perceived as a goofy, bad habit becomes an examination of what happens when we procrastinate the big-picture life stuff that doesn’t have deadlines, like reconnecting with family, working on relationships or getting fit. Urban pushes viewers to tackle those challenges without…

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TED Talks: How Does Theaster Gates Revitalize Crumbling Neighborhoods?

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How to you rebuild a crumbling neighborhood? For Theaster Gates, the answer can be found in art and community building. Gates, who is a potter by trade and a social activist artist by vocation, discusses his inspiring method for reviving his Chicago neighborhood in this talk from TED2015. By teaming up with community members and rebuilding old and abandoned buildings into artistic hubs, like museums and movie theaters, Gates discovered his neighborhood changing for the better. This passionate talk shows that using what you’ve got to create culture and beauty can be an amazing catalyst for social change. Recommended reading: Theaster Gates (Contemporary Artists), Carol Becker, Achim Borchardt-Hume and Lisa Yun Lee (Phaidon Press, October 2015) This is the first…

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TED Talks: Oscar Schwartz’s Computer Can Write Poetry

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It seems like a silly question: Can a computer write poetry? But then, after writing a poem, will that computer then take over the world? Oscar Schwartz is less concerned with the speculative danger surrounding artificial intelligence – instead, he’s using algorithms to help us figure out what it means to be human. In this intriguing talk from [email protected] from May 2015, Schwartz (who by the way is hilarious on Twitter) discusses his Bot or Not project. The project was started as a website he and his colleague Benjamin Laird created that tests users by having them guess whether or not a poem was written by a human or a computer algorithm. Running these tests, he’s encountered some unique results, and some…

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TED Talks: Bryan Stevenson on Identity and Injustice

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Black History Month ends in just a few days, so this week’s installment of TED Talks Tuesday is one of the most elegant examinations of race in America ever given on the TED stage. Human Rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s moving talk from TED 2012 paints a hard picture of America’s criminal justice framework – but he does more than illustrate the obvious problems with our current system. Stevenson urges people to become more aware of what he calls “the dark and difficult things” in today’s society, and argues that history judges societies by how they treat their most disenfranchised populations. It goes beyond the political, and moves into the realms of morality and cultural self-awareness with a grace, courage and…

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TED Talks: Chip Kidd on Literally Judging Books by Their Covers

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What do stories look like? That’s the question book designer Chip Kidd answers on a daily basis. In his hilarious and passionate talk from TED 2012, Kidd discusses the magic that goes into the book covers we judge regularly. Kidd has designed some of the most famous book covers ever, and his delightful talk focuses on the ways first impressions impact the way you perceive a story. Along with a plea against impersonal e-readers, which lose the “comfort of thingyness – a little bit of humanity,” Kidd tells the story of some of his most recognizable book covers to illustrate a greater point about the importance of imagery. If you want to see some of your favorite books in a…

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TED Talks: Amy Webb Hacks Online Dating!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up. Either you’re a romantic who loves all the hearts everywhere, or you’re not looking forward to your loneliness-induced hangover. Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day lover or hater, Amy Webb’s talk from TEDSalon NY 2013 will put a smile on your face. Webb, who specializes in big data, tells the story of the way she used her knowledge of algorithms to hack the online dating scene – with surprising results. This talk is undeniably hilarious, heartwarming and uplifting – the perfect way to greet one of the most dreamy and polarizing holidays. Recommended Reading: Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked The Online Dating Code To Meet My Match (Plume, 2014) Webb’s book tells largely the same story…

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TED Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Knocks Down Stereotyping

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Stories are everywhere – our perspectives on culture and our own lives depend on the stories we hear, create and share. In her amazing talk from TEDGlobal 2009, Nigerian novelist and Beyoncé collaborator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of stories in the ways we build our perspectives about other people – and the critical disconnects that can occur by only listening to one story. Drawing from personal experiences with judging others and being judged for being Nigerian, she draws the parallels between single stories and stereotypes. In her words, “The single story creates stereotypes. And, the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” This…

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TED Talks: How Past Failures Inspire Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity

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What’s the secret to continued success? For author Elizabeth Gilbert, the answer came from remembering times of failure, which she discusses in this talk from TED2014. After her big break, the internationally bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, she had no idea how to maintain the high level of creativity that brought her renown. As time went by, she started identifying more with the feelings she had before her success—when her life was punctuated by rejection letters in her quest to become published. As she describes in this inspiring and heartfelt talk, she discovered that, whether nervous about continuing success or overcoming failure, the answer to continued creativity is to power through negativity and continue working hard. Recommended Reading: Big Magic: Creative…

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TED Talks: Why Raghava KK Has a 200-Year Plan

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What is the single most important force defining your identity? For artist Raghava KK, it’s your creative legacy. In this engaging and insightful talk, from TEDxSummit 2012, Raghava describes the 200-year plans he and his wife design in order to put their unique stamp on the digital legacies they leave for their family in the future. Raghava also explores the ways the internet allows us to export our memories, and our ability to pick and choose what about our pasts we choose to remember and forget. As Raghava puts it, “Creativity is the most important tool we have. It lets us create who we are and curate what is to come,” as we look back and as we look forward.…

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Spartan Up! Jeffrey Zurofsky Learns How to Take the Heat in Both the Kitchen and in Life

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Jeffrey Zurofsky knows what a mixture of persistence and creativity can produce. As the co-founder of ‘Wichcraft sandwich shop and judge of Bravo TV‘s Best New Restaurant, Zurofsky has had to navigate some of the most difficult parts of not only being an entrepreneur but also working his way up through some of the best kitchens in New York City. With enough discipline and talent, he’s living proof that you can not only build your business in the kitchen, but better your life as well. For more, watch the Podcast above. ABOUT SPARTAN UP! THE PODCAST: Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and a New York Times bestselling author, inspires millions of people all over the world to get…

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‘Life is Good’ Book Wants You to Enjoy the Ride

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It may be the quintessential American success story. But for entrepreneurs, clothing manufacturers and authors Bert and John Jacobs, their business plan, their brand and their very lifestyle boils down to three simple words: Life is Good. With those three words, the Jacobs brothers stumbled upon not just success and a $100 million clothing company—they found the principle that governs their lives. And, they say, if you let this kind of optimism govern yours, you can live a life of better health, resilience and fun. Life is Good, The Book: How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride (National Geographic Books, September 2015) is not simply the story of how the Jacobs brothers turned $78 and a used minivan…

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