Topic : Creativity
Starting this week, we're inviting an engaging and eclectic group of folks to recommend reads for the beach and pool this summer. Our first guest contributor is Scott Ginsberg. Known as "That Guy with the Nametag," he's a guy who knows how to think creatively. Scott's an author and professional speaker whose books, including The Power of Approachability, talk about the force and virtues of first impressions. He recommends these books on developing your creativity: Continue reading...
How do you capture the sense of a cuisine in words? To find out we called the acclaimed chef Rick Bayless, the author of six books on Mexican cooking and host of the PBS show "Mexico -- One Plate at a Time." We had a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation with him about food, language, 1940s anthropologists, and his latest cookbook, Mexican Everyday:Continue reading...
While standing in the checkout line at the grocery store the other day, I spotted the magazine Real Simple. It wasn't just the cutesy name that caught my attention. (How can the editors live with themselves, basing a magazine name on a grammatical error? But I digress...) The eye-catching cover line that grabbed me by the eyeballs was: What can you do in 15 minutes? Continue reading...
Rosanne Cash has been writing songs for over three decades, most recently releasing the critically acclaimed album Black Cadillac in 2006. But she doesn't limit herself just to music. "My liveliest cottage industry now is writing for magazines," she says. And besides contributing essays to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and other publications, Rosanne has also written a book of short stories and a children's book. We here at the Visual Thesaurus were thrilled to have a fascinating conversation with Rosanne about her work: Continue reading...
Blog Du Jour
April 18, 2007
Ready to step up to the podium and wow 'em? Okay, we thought you might need a little boost. Great public speakers aren't born that way. These blogs help you develop the skills you need to sizzle in front of an audience:
Sparrow, a pundit poet from Phoenicia, New York, graciously contributed the following column.
Nouns are becoming verbs faster than ever before. I've been "journaling" on this phenomenon, and here's my report:
In the Old Days, every new invention did not immediately become a verb. No one said: "I must electric canopener this tuna," or "Well, it's time to dishwasher." But ever since the Fall of Communism, new consumer items have been verbified. We do say: "I'll fax you that receipt," "Can you e-mail me the final figures?" "Let's microwave the taco," and "Shh! I'm text-messaging!" (In fact, "text-messaging" is giving way to the more direct "texting.")Continue reading...
Get to Work!
January 27, 2007