Spark by Julie Burstein audiobook

Spark: How Creativity Works

By Julie Burstein
Foreword by Kurt Andersen
Read by Julie Burstein

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7.68 Hours Unabridged
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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a book about joy, drive, and art, work that we’re all capable of if we’ll only commit.” Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of Linchpin
“Burstein offers enlightening answers from the culture’s heavy hitters, as well as the process by which they stoked these embers into a roaring fire, and how you, yes, you, might too.” Vanity Fair
Spark is a beautiful book, enjoyable and filled with life…You will find yourself contemplating the origin of the little lights, the sparks, which show themselves only when someone special looks within.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Through enlightening conversations, these creative individuals demonstrate how they lift raw materials out of familiar contexts and create art that changes how we perceive the world.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Julie Burstein

Author Bio: Julie Burstein

Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award–winning radio producer and TED speaker. She designed Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen for Public Radio International, and led the creative team at WNYC for many years. She’s the host of Pursuit of Spark, conversations about creative approaches to the possibilities, challenges, and pleasures of everyday life.

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Author Bio: Kurt Andersen

Author Bio: Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is the New York Times bestselling author of Fantasyland, Evil Geniuses, and, with Alec Baldwin,You Can’t Spell America without Me, as well as several novels and other works. He has also written for film, television, and the stage and contributes regularly to the New York Times. He is host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning cultural magazine show. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was an editor of the Lampoon. In 2003, New York named him one of the 100 People Who Changed New York, and Forbes named him one of The 25 Most Influential Liberals in the US Media.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English