Posts Tagged ‘TED Talks’
Where do you find inspiration? For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, his imagination was sparked during a nostalgic trip back to his old school cafeteria and a chance meeting with his lunch lady Jeannie.
In a talk delivered at TED@NYC, Krosoczka shared the story of how he conceived the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and launched School Lunch Hero Day. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.
Last year, Krosoczka gave a heartwarming talk at TEDx Hampshire College about how writing and art saved his life in grade school. According to the TED blog, Krosoczka prepared this particular talk in less than 4 hours.
Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Ask yourself if this sentence, paragraph, or chapter truly furthers the narrative. If not, chuck it.’
Author Elizabeth Gilbert achieved great success with her memoir Eat Pray Love. Since the publication of that book, she has delivered two popular TED talks and written a second memoir entitled Committed and a novel called The Signature of All Things. Check out the highlights from our interview below…
Q: How did you land your first book deal?
A: I spent about six years sending my short stories out to magazines, and collecting rejections. Then one day Esquire bought one of my stories out of the slush pile and published it. It was through this publication that I found my agent (or, rather, that my agent found me). She then negotiated a book deal on my behalf.
I had a collection of short stories written and ready to go, but I had to promise the publisher that I would deliver a novel, in order to seal the deal. Having never before written a novel, this was rather frightening. But you have to deliver the goods, once you sign that contract, or else they get fussy and want their money back — which is a good motivation to get your work done…
How many ways can one speak the English language?
In a spoken word piece delivered at TED Salon NY 2014, poet Jamila Lyiscott argues that she speaks her native tongue in three different ways. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire performance above.
According to the TED blog, Lyiscott calls herself a trilingual orator. She speaks “fluently at home, with Caribbean parents, at school in ‘proper English,’ and with her friends in a language that is as formal and rules-based as the other two.”
Do you consider “hangry” to be a genuine English word?
Anne Curzan, an English professor and language historian, gave a talk (embedded above) at a TEDx conference on “What makes a word ‘real’?” During her presentation, she mentioned several slang words including “defriend,” “adorkable,” and “YOLO.”
Here’s an excerpt from her talk: “So how does a word get into a dictionary? It gets in because we use it and we keep using it, and dictionary editors are paying attention to us. If you’re thinking, ‘But that lets all of us decide what words mean,’ I would say, ‘Yes it does, and it always has.’”
Looking for something good to read this summer?
TED Talks speakers Elizabeth Gilbert, Melinda Gates, Bill Gates, Rashida Jones, Clay Shirky, Uzoamaka Maduka, Amanda Palmer, Stanley McChrystal and Blood Orange have put together their lists of recommended reads.
Check it out: “Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.”
During a presentation delivered at TED Global 2013, English professor Stephen Burt publicly declares himself to be a “word person” and a fan of poems.
In the video embedded above, Burt shares some of his thoughts on “Why People Need Poetry.” He also recites pieces by A.E. Housman, Wallace Stevens, and John Keats.
Every year during the month of April, the country comes together to celebrate National Poetry Month. How has poetry impacted your life?
How does one tackle chronic writer’s block?
For Sting, it means writing songs that feature the stories of other people. In a presentation delivered at the TED 2014 conference, the Grammy Award-winning musician talks about the inspiration he found in the shipyard workers he knew from his youth.
We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. For more on storytelling, check out the “How to Tell a Story” playlist curated by the TED team. What are your tips for battling writer’s block?
Over the course of human history, how many languages have been created? The animated video above features a four-minute TED-Ed lesson called “How Languages Evolve.”
Throughout the lesson, educator Alex Gendler talks about “how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.” Linguistics fans can visit the TED Ed website to access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. What do you think?
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