Thursday, December 27, 2012

Favourite Author talks: Elizabeth Gilbert

I love this talk via Ted Talks by 'Eat Pray Love' Author, Elizabeth Gilbert. In fact, towards the end, it had me in tears it is so spot on. She muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.  It's twenty minutes but worth the time.  We who hear voices may not all be crazy.
           As I trawl the internet I keep finding these fabulous videos by writers. It certainly saves me from paying out my dollars and getting dolled up to see and hear them in person. Plus, remember I live in Perth, Western Australia (the most isolated city in the world) and, along with many big name bands, even authors don't visit here much.
After downloading the podcasts on to my iPhone I usually listen whilst trucking around in my car. You learn a lot listening to these guys and I figure I really don’t need to hear that Rhianna song for the hundredth time. So, why not educate myself on the publishing industry via the people who know.
What may surprise you is that many of these mega-stars of writerdom still face the same insecurities that novice writers face. Their words offer encouragement, wisdom and vision. Sometimes, they are simply inspiring and you can feel your fingers itching for that keyboard.
I will keep putting up my favourite interviews as I come upon them, so check back regularly. And if any strike a chord, please leave a comment. That’s how we humble bloggers get paid.No, I don’t reach through and get into your wallet, I mean we are paid by the thrill of receiving a comment. 
So pay, people, pay with your words.


Your Elusive Creative Genius: Elizabeth Gilbert


Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a pre-midlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of—running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the mega-bestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home.
She's a long-time magazine writer—covering music and politics for Spin and GQ—as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for one movie so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own memoir, in this magazine article, of working at the famously raunchy bar), and Eat, Pray, Love is on the same track, with the part of Gilbert played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.
Gilbert also owns and runs the import shop Two Buttons in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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