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.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.