Spark: How Creativity Works

Spark: How Creativity Works

by Julie Burstein, Kurt Andersen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061732317
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Pages: 249
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Julie Burstein is fascinated by the roots of creativity, and she has pursued that passion through hundreds of public radio interviews and programs with musicians, artists, filmmakers, and writers. In 2000 Julie created Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen for Public Radio International; she led the show's Peabody Award–winning creative team at WNYC for nine years. Spark is her first book.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kurt Andersen ix

Introduction xv

1 Engaging Adversity 1

Chuck Close 5

Donald Hall 14

Jill Sobule 22

2 Modern Alchemy 27

Ben Burtt 30

Elizabeth Streb 37

Richard Serra 44

3 The Cultivated and the Wild 57

Stanley Kunitz 59

Mel Chin 65

Julie Bargmann 70

4 Going Home 77

William Christenberry 82

Alexander Payne 92

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 98

5 Imagination's Wellspring 105

Mira Nair 108

David Plowden 113

Richard Ford 118

Bill Viola 123

6 Mothers and Fathers 127

Patti LuPone 130

Miriam Katin 132

David Milch 136

Kevin Bacon 139

Rosanne Cash 143

Joshua Redman 146

7 Creative Partners 151

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant 155

Ang Lee and James Schamus 161

Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi 172

8 Reweaving a Shattered World 187

Terence Blanchard 191

Lynn Nottage 196

Joel Meyerowitz 204

9 Getting to Work 213

Yo-Yo Ma 216

Isabel Allende 219

Joyce Carol Oates 223

Richard Serra 226

John Irving 228

Tony Kushner 231

Chuck Close 235

Acknowledgments 237

Notes on Sources 241

What People are Saying About This

Maria Popova

“Spark is an encyclopedia of inspiration plucked from today’s most revered creators, leaving you not with a one-size-fits-all blueprint to creativity but with a petri dish of eclectic insights for you to distill, cross-pollinate and fertilize into a richer understanding of your own creative life.”

Seth Godin

“This is a book about joy, drive and art, work that we’re all capable of if we’ll only commit.”

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