Category Archives: Creativity

BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen

To some degree or another, we all inherit our parents’ pain. They inherited their parents’ pain, and their parents inherited their parents’ pain, and so on. It’s our emotional DNA. The question is what we do with it. We might … Continue reading

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THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Andy Weir’s first novel, THE MARTIAN, is what Hollywood types call “high concept”: An astronaut who was left for dead finds himself alone on Mars. This is the story of what he does to try to survive. Of course they … Continue reading

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THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s latest 500-pager, THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, is a paradox. Much like its predecessor, STEVE JOBS, it’s a dense page-turner. For pages and pages, it made me think about … Continue reading

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THE ROAD TO SHINE by Laurie Gardner

Whenever you read a friend’s memoir, you inevitably confront three questions: 1) Is it interesting, period? 2) Is it interesting only because it’s about your friend? or 3) Is it utterly fascinating, no matter who wrote it? If you are … Continue reading

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ONE MORE THING by B.J. Novak

One of my favorite books for teaching creative writing is What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.* I was thinking of that book the whole time I read B.J. Novak’s hilarious collection of stories, … Continue reading

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THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS by Debbie Ford

Every time I read this book, which I do every few years, I think the same thing: Great book, terrible title.  The subtitle, “Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams,” is helpful, but by that point it’s too late.  My … Continue reading

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DARING GREATLY by Brené Brown

I recently arrived at two important conclusions: first, that attempting to live a 100 percent rational life is pointless, and second, in a world where Sheldon can kiss Amy, anything is possible. With those two thoughts in mind, I picked … Continue reading

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LIVING IN THE LIGHT by Shakti Gawain

I realize that some people will look at the cover of this book and immediately dismiss it as too New Agey, but that would be a shame.  If you’re trying to figure out things in your life—and who isn’t?—then you … Continue reading

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THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett

Some things are meant to happen, and some things just aren’t.  I’ve had that thought many times in my life, and it occurred to me again last night as I sat at the bar of a crowded restaurant in Louisiana, … Continue reading

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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

In my favorite scene in the movie Apollo 13, the engineers at Mission Control have 15 minutes and a bunch of random equipment (duct tape, suit hoses, bags) to invent something that will save the astronauts from running out of … Continue reading

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