/Creativity

Review: Your Creative Brain

There’s no question that I want to go to Harvard. Even at my age. If nothing more than to take Shelley Carson’s course, Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students. This is a woman who loves to teach. And is a Rockstar at it. That much I know is true after reading her instructive and interactive book, Your Creative Brain. There are dozens of books on creativity. Most focused on demystifying

2018-03-15T22:55:37+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Your Creative Brain

Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

What a surprise The Kinfolk Entrepreneur was. I discovered it in the Business—Startup section of my local Barnes & Noble. I thought it was a beautiful coffee table book that profiled entrepreneurs, and it is, but not of the traditional “startup” kind often associated with technology and Silicon Valley. It’s a beautiful book. And it profiles entrepreneurs. But they are entrepreneurs of a different sort: the creatives—i.e., the fashion designers,

2018-03-05T23:59:01+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Business, Creativity, Entrepreneurship|Comments Off on Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I first read On Writing five years ago as I was working on the manuscript for my children’s book. I loved it. I read On Writing again last week as I was gathering inspiration for an article on creativity. I loved it. If you want to be a writer, read this book. If you want to be a creative and live the creative life, read this book. Or, if you

2018-03-05T22:43:39+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Comments Off on Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

There’s a lot of meaty goodness to Creativity, and some sleepy time too, but overall it’s insightful and instructional. The backbone of Creativity is interviews with 91 exceptional individuals by Csikszentmihalyi and his students at the University of Chicago. Their primary goal? To demystify the creative process. But before we delve into the guts of the book, let’s start with Csikszentmihalyi’s presuppositions: 1. Creativity is defined as “a process by

2018-02-12T12:07:43+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Review: Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

I’ve been reading a lot of books on creativity lately—most by 20th-century scholars. They offer intriguing insights but are also a tad heady and dry to consume. Wired to Create is not a compendium of sober research. It’s a highly readable, fun peek into creative minds—something to devour in full on a quiet, snowy Sunday. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s inspired by Gregoire’s hit Huff Post article “18 Things

2018-02-05T12:59:12+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity|Comments Off on Review: Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Review: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Wonderland is a refreshing take on a world (and people) that takes itself (themselves) entirely too seriously at times. The premise of the book is that many significant advances in society got their start in amusement—our amusement. According to the author, the book is “a history of play, a history of pastimes that human beings have concocted to amuse themselves as an escape from the daily grind of subsistence.” The

2017-09-02T18:53:54+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Book Review, Creativity, History, Innovation, Philosophy|Comments Off on Review: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Review: Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life

Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life by Peter Himmelman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sussman Lawrence was a staple in Minneapolis' indie rock scene when I was growing up. And band member, Peter Himmelman, who went on to pursue a solo career, was a local hero. Like millions of other Americans in his fifties, he found himself and his ways outdated and

2017-07-08T18:32:42+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Creativity, Nonfiction, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life