As a producer, Julie Burstein builds places to talk (brilliantly) about creative work. Her book "Spark: How Creativity Works" shares what she has learned.

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From where does creativity flow? In 2000, Julie Burstein created Public Radio International's show Studio 360 to explore pop culture and the arts. Hosted by novelist Kurt Andersen and produced at WNYC, the show is a guide to what's interesting now -- and asks deep questions about the drive behind creative work. Now, Burstein has written Spark: How Creativity Works, filled with stories about artists, writers and musicians (like Chuck Close, Isabel Allende, Patti Lupone). Burstein is the host of pursuitofspark.com full of conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, possibilities and pleasures of everyday life and work. She also "loves sitting in for Leonard Lopate."

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"Spark is about joy, drive, and art, work that we’re all capable of if we’ll only commit." — Seth Godin

Julie Burstein’s TED talks

Julie Burstein on the TED Blog

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10 talks about the beauty — and difficulty — of being creative

November 12, 2012

Radio host Julie Burstein has found the perfect analogy for creativity—raku pottery. A Japanese art form in which molded clay is heated for 15 minutes and then dropped in sawdust which bursts into flames, what makes this pottery so beautiful is its imperfections and cracks. Burstein interviewed hundred of artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers for […]

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Quotes from Julie Burstein

The story that we all live [is] the cycle of creation and destruction, of control and letting go, of picking up the pieces and making something new.
Julie Burstein
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Inspiring, Beautiful
In order to create, we have to stand in that space between what we see in the world, and what we hope for.
Julie Burstein
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Inspiring, Beautiful
For creativity to flourish [requires] the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences.
Julie Burstein
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Inspiring, Beautiful