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.

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The King of Pain

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The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.