Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Sarah Tomlinson and Joshua Wolf Shenk "Collaborations with a Difficult City: Part 2"

For the Fall 2014/Winter 2015 series Josh Shenk, author of the recently published book, The Powers of Two, Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs will curate four Cheap Talk conversations focused on collaborations with, in and around Los Angeles, a city that presents many challenges. 

Sarah Tomlinson is a Brooklyn- and Los Angeles-based writer. She has ghostwritten ten books, including two uncredited New York Times best sellers. Her music criticism and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Marie Claire, MORE, Salon.com, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. Her father-daughter memoir,  GOOD GIRL , is due from Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) on April 21, 2015.

Joshua Wolf Shenk is a curator, essayist, and author, most recently, of Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs (Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His magazine pieces include cover stories in Harper’s, Time, and The Atlantic, where his essay "What Makes Us Happy?" was the most read article in the history of that magazine’s website. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the national bestseller Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey. His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and won awards from The Abraham Lincoln Institute, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Mental Health Association.

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Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Christopher Hawthorne and Joshua Wolf Shenk "Collaborations with a Difficult City: Part 1"

For the Fall 2014/Winter 2015 series Josh Shenk, author of the recently published book, The Powers of Two, Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs will curate four Cheap Talk conversations focused on collaborations with, in and around Los Angeles, a city that presents many challenges. 

Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Before coming to The Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and has a bachelor’s from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the design flaws in his dormitory, designed by Eero Saarinen. 

Joshua Wolf Shenk is a curator, essayist, and author, most recently, of Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs (Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His magazine pieces include cover stories in Harper’s, Time, and The Atlantic, where his essay "What Makes Us Happy?" was the most read article in the history of that magazine’s website. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the national bestseller Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey. His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and won awards from The Abraham Lincoln Institute, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Mental Health Association.

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Arts in Mind, New York City: The Art of Eroticism (and the Eroticism of Art). In conversation with Esther Perel

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How does passion go beyond the bedroom and into writers’ rooms and board rooms (and studios and laboratories)? Join the renowned psychologist Esther Perel and the essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk as they discuss how erotic charge can enliven adult intimacies and creative partnerships alike. How is “art love” like traditional love? How can we channel this intensity into creative work? And how can creative work charge our relationships?

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Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Berkeley Arts and Lectures, Berkeley, Cal. In conversation with Adam Hochschild.

Adam Hochschild is an American author, journalist, and lecturer. His well-known works include King Leopold's Ghost, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918, Bury the Chains, The Mirror at Midnight, and The Unquiet Ghost. He is also one of the creators of the Blue Mountain Center, an artist's colony where Josh wrote the first chapters of Powers of Two.

More information can be found here.

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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Town Hall, Seattle, Wash. In Conversation with Jess Van Nostrand.

Jess Van Nostrand is a curator founder of The Project Room in Seattle, a gathering place and online platform presenting work, ideas, and people that inform ideas of creativity in contemporary life.

Jess is also the editor of Artists Guide to Seattle. Here's a nice introduction to her work via an interview on KUOW.

More information can be found here.

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Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Sixth & "I," Washington, D.C. In conversation with Hanna Rosin.

From the Sixth & I website:

When is the work of two people together greater than what either could do on their own? In Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, Shenk breaks the myth of the lone genius apart and draws on new scientific research to show how the pair is the embodiment of ingenuity.

Shenk explains how synergy created the magic of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the hilarity of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the startup savvy of Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg, the financial stylings of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, the civil rights fire of Ralph David Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

When it comes to creative success, Shenk persuasively argues that two is the magic number – and understanding why changes everything we thought we knew about creativity

Shenk is the author of Lincoln’s Melancholy,New York Times Notable Book. He directs the Arts in Mind series on creativity and serves on the general council of The Moth. Shenk will be in conversation with Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at The Atlantic, a founder and editor at DoubleX, and author ofThe End of Men.

More information can be found here.

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Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

92nd Street Y, New York City. In conversation with Mark Boal.

The Powers of Two conversation returns to New York City with a member of one of the most dynamic and impressive creative duos of the last decade. With Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal made The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. An award-winning journalist, he's also an Academy Award winning screenwriter and producer—and one of Josh's oldest friends.

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Aug
13
7:30 PM19:30

Zócalo Public Square, Los Angeles. In conversation with Jonathan Ames.

For Josh's first book appearance in LA, he's joined by the master storyteller and comic literary writer Jonathan Ames. Jonathan is also the creator of HBO's Bored to Death and a forthcoming series starring Patrick Stewart.

From Zocalo's website:

Ever since the Enlightenment, humans have worshipped at the altar of the lone genius: the poet in the garret, the painter in the studio, the scientist yelling eureka in an empty laboratory. There is something so inexplicable about creativity that it seems best understood through the stories of those rare minds that come along once in a generation. But few people work and live in isolation. In fact, many of our most brilliant artists and innovators have created in partnerships. Some of these are well-known (John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Pierre and Marie Curie); others have taken place largely in the shadows (Vincent and Theo van Gogh, Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson). What can these pairs teach us about genius and innovation? Is creativity a fundamentally social act? Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two, visits Zócalo to discuss the science and history of collaboration, and why two is a magic number.

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Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Author's Night, East Hampton, NY.

Authors Night is a fundraiser to benefit the East Hampton Library. All proceeds go directly to the Library. Considered the premier literary event of the Hamptons, this year's event includes more than 100 authors such as Alice McDermott, Thomas Beller, Jules Feiffer, and Thomas Maier. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine under the tent at Gardiner Farm. More information here.

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