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 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely 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
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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."