Video Interview: Daniel Pink

If the zeitgeist has an author, its might be the Washington, D.C. based writer Daniel Pink. First with Free Agent Nation, then with The Adventures of Johnny Bunko and A Whole New Mind, and now with this year's internationally bestselling Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us, Pink has continually surprised his readers with erudition, wit, and subversive thinking.

 

In Drive, Pink is at both his most readable and his most provocative. Challenging two centuries of scientific assumptions, Pink impels us to rethink our conception of motivation, suggesting that the 20th-century "truth" of individual material interest is made redundant in the creatively communitarian 21st century. So it was with relish I caught up with the author in a rainy Washington, D.C. to talk about motivation, empathy, and democracy in our brave new world of creativity.  --Andrew Keen


 

And don't miss Andrew Keen's video interview with author and futurist icon Bruce Sterling.

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.