Author and Fast Company Editor Joe Berkowitz stopped by the podcast this week. His latest, a humor book titled You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You’ve Already Ruined Your Life, lands this October. He took a break from his busy schedule to rap with me about how he survives the harried life of a big city journalist.
In addition to his work for Fast Company, Joe’s writing has been featured in The Awl, Salon, The Village Voice, Vulture, RollingStone.com, GQ.com, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many others.
For a writer who works with breakneck deadlines, and almost never gets a rest from the writing life, he has some pretty solid advice for keeping the cursor moving.
Join us for this two-part interview. If you missed Part One you can find it here:
How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part One
In Part Two of the file Joe Berkowitz and I discuss:
- How Creativity Makes the ‘Familiar Strange and the Strange Familiar’
- Why Your Audience Is Your Best Creative Motivation
- How Great Writers Hook You and Never Let Go
- The Reassuring Existence of Paper Book Collections
- Joe’s Reverence for David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest
- Why You Should Edit Until “… the Words Stop Moving on the Page”
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