Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk

He Leaves Fantastic Voicemails

Joshua Wolf Shenk is an essayist, curator, and author—most recently of the book Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. When he’s not reporting or writing, he works with the storytelling nonprofit The Moth and Arts in Mind, a conversation series on the intersections of the creative arts and psychology. Before talking about the chemistry of great collaborations, he shared where he comes up with good ideas, what food should always go with french fries, and the day his life came right out of Die Hard in …

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