A New Book by Jonah Lehrer on How to Expand Your Imagination


I’m just catching up on the release of the book Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. The below link is a discussion with the author that appeared on The Take Away about the science of imagination. It’s no surprise to me that research has shown that “moments of insights” and creativity happen when we are in a relaxed state of mind/body and in cities. Looking forward to reading more about this….

Below is a great video introduction to the book:

Listen to the podcast on The Take Away here.


Choose Miranda July’s “It Chooses You”

I was lucky enough last night to see the illustrious Miranda July at Symphony Space for a reading and performance of her new book It Chooses You.

I have always admired the honesty, earnestness, and creativity that goes into her work. This book is non-fiction and is essentially a  journal of her experience answering Pennysaver ads in LA.  She treats the people she writes about with respect and kindness, and, in the process, reveals how extraordinary they are.

If you’ve seen the film, The Future, you will see how the she integrated the project into the script of the film. Check it out.


The Neos Honor The Moth & Rightfully So!

Tonight the Neo-Futurists honor The Moth at their Annual Benefit.  I’m soooo looking forward to this. Don’t know who they are? I recently was introduced to them too.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.

The organization is AWESOME.  I’ve been spending the past week listening to stories on their website and I’ve truly enjoyed every one I’ve listened to.  They are true gem and a never-ending source of inspiration and entertainment.  The world is a better place because of The Moth!  Check it out for yourself.  So good…

This is how you say genius: Prisencolinensinainciusol

Love this on so many levels…

Some storytelling advice from Ira

I’m a huge fan of Ira Glass and I recently stumbled upon this video via a friends post on Facebook.  It’s a great reminder to all storytellers out there to keep the creative juices flowing and to stay in the game.  I’ve watched it a handful of times myself.  The video below is the first part of a four part series discussing some storytelling 101 guidelines and concepts.  Both are great reminders to storytellers out there new and old.  Love Ira.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Got devotion? These guys do.

I came across this video this weekend along with many others as I waited for Hurricane Irene to pass.  It’s a documentary short that’s part of a project called The Devotion Project, “a series of short documentary films celebrating LGBT couples of all stripes.”

I thought this was really beautifully done.  Looking forward to seeing more like it…

Biography Bookstore You Are Missed

Recently, I visited the new BookMarc store on Bleecker Street.  Owned by Marc Jacobs, Bookmarc replaced Biography Bookshop which has since moved down the street and is now called BookBook.  Biography Bookshop had been on the corner of Bleecker and West 11th Street for 24 years and it’s sad to see it go.  As the number of independent bookshops continue to dwindle, it was one of the few places you could take some time to browse and not be inundated by gift items and stationary.  I can’t say the same for Bookmarc.

Bookmarc on Bleecker Street

The shift in how we purchase books is surely to blame.  I imagine we’ll continue to see more independent bookshops shops close in the future.  Marc Jacobs has the empire and luxury of taking over the space and not worry about revenue from it.  What’s the future of the independent book shop?

Among the selected collection of art books, there are plenty of bags, lipstick pens, and half naked postcards of the owner throughout the store.  It’s ridiculous to say, but they did have some nice pens there.  Here are a few things that I spotted.

Bag for all your books or pens?

Naked Postcard of Marc Jacobs to use as a bookmarc?

Art books at Bookmarc

Very useful mini colored pencils set at Bookmarc to draw flowers with

The very essential lipstick pens at Bookmarc