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Nov 9, 2015

How Critically Acclaimed Literary Scholar Jonathan Gottschall Writes: Part One

Mr. Gottschall is the author or editor of seven books, including The Storytelling Animal — a New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize — and most recently he published a fascinating book titled The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch.


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As a Distinguished Fellow at the English Department of Washington & Jefferson College his work lands at the intersection of science and art and is frequently covered in outlets like The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and NPR.

For his latest book he personally climbed into the cage to research the world of mixed martial arts, violence, masculinity, and why society is attracted to violent spectacle.

Join us for this two-part interview.

In Part One of the file Jonathan Gottschall and I discuss:

  • Why Writers Need to Chase What Scares Them
  • How ‘Drugs’ Can Boost Your Productivity
  • Why Writing 365 Days a Year May Not Be Ideal
  • The Sad Reality of Writer’s Block

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