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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Burstein Narrator: Julie Burstein Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How did Richard Ford’s cat influence his work as a novelist? How is Chuck Close’s portraiture driven by his inability to remember faces? What pivotal moment helped Rosanne Cash understand the healing power of the stage?

Creativity is an elusive subject. We enjoy its fruits: movies, novels, paintings, songs, but rarely are we privy to what happens in the creative process. In Spark, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century’s most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists’ inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being.

“These artists may not change lead into gold,” Burstein writes, “but they lift materials from their familiar contexts, combining, reshaping, transforming them into works of art that change the way we see the world.” Spark is an invaluable resource for the aspiring writer and artist, but the need for creativity extends well beyond the world of paintbrushes and typewriters. Creativity is integral to business, parenting, education, science, and, perhaps most poignantly, our personal relationships. Rarely do books on creativity illuminate and inspire; this marvelous volume will help you find a spark of your own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a book about joy, drive, and art, work that we’re all capable of if we’ll only commit.”

    Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of Linchpin

  • “Burstein offers enlightening answers from the culture’s heavy hitters, as well as the process by which they stoked these embers into a roaring fire, and how you, yes, you, might too.”

    Vanity Fair

  • Spark is a beautiful book, enjoyable and filled with life…You will find yourself contemplating the origin of the little lights, the sparks, which show themselves only when someone special looks within.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Through enlightening conversations, these creative individuals demonstrate how they lift raw materials out of familiar contexts and create art that changes how we perceive the world.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sandra | 10/30/2013

    " I was excited to hear someone had written a book of this kind. While it has some interesting points in the narrative, Burstein's presentation is like a photograph (the interesting stories) with her finger in front of the lens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/22/2013

    " Loved reading this. It made me think about the excitement and joy the kids I work with share with me each day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simone | 1/4/2013

    " I thought this was something else, more like a psychology book on how humans behave creatively. But it is interesting as it is, though a little superficial. I think it works more as an anthology of interesting cases on her radio show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sal | 12/31/2012

    " Personal stories from the NPR series - good if you missed the shows. "

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About the Author

Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award–winning radio producer and TED speaker. She designed Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen for Public Radio International, and led the creative team at WNYC for many years. She’s the host of Pursuit of Spark, conversations about creative approaches to the possibilities, challenges, and pleasures of everyday life.