How did Richard Ford's cat influence his work as a novelist? HOW is Chuck Close's portraiture driven by his inability to remember faces? What pivotal moment helped Rosanne Cash understand the healing power of the stage? Creativity is an elusive subject. We enjoy its fruits-movies, novels, paintings, songs-but rarely are we privy to what happens in the creative process. In Spark, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century's most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being. "These artists may not change lead into gold," Burstein writes, "but they lift materials from their familiar contexts, combining, reshaping, transforming them into works of art that change the way we see the world." Spark is an invaluable resource for the aspiring writer and artist, but the need for creativity extends well beyond the world of paintbrushes and typewriters. Creativity is integral to business, parenting, education, science, and, perhaps most poignantly, our personal relationships. Rarely do books on creativity illuminate and inspire; this marvelous volume will help you find a spark of your own.
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"At one point in this audiobook, producer Julie Burstein explains how her pioneering NPR show, "Studio 360," was born and why she didn't want host Kurt Andersen to simply read from a text. Alas, that lesson wasn't carried over to this production. Though the bulk of this audiobook is derived from "Studio 360" interviews with diverse artists such as Roseanne Cash and Kevin Bacon, surprisingly, the listener only hears a single thirty-second snippet from each interview (perhaps for legal reasons). In the rest of each chapter the author rehashes the subject's musings. Burstein is a decent narrator with an NPR vocal style. But overall, she missed an opportunity to do something extraordinary with this audiobook. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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