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Carlton Cuse: 6 talks that help me create

"These talks have inspired me to create, in my writing or in my life," says Carlton Cuse, screenwriter and producer of "Lost" and "Bates Motel." "These speakers have 'passionate optimism' -- that inner drive that allows us to risk truly expressing ourselves.”
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Playlist (6 talks): Carlton Cuse: 6 talks that help me create

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    Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
    “Elizabeth Gilbert tackles the fear of creativity and shows us the deep value of following your curiosity.”
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    Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living — and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
    “I took the term 'passionate optimism' from Julie. This talk is all about how new experiences, tough challenges and limitations placed upon us are all things to artistically embrace.”
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    Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
    “All artists build on the work of others, as artfully explained here by Kirby Ferguson.”
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    In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
    “'The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' This talk inspires me on every level. ”
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    "Tipping Point" author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
    “There is no one right way in art — or spaghetti sauce — as Malcolm Gladwell tells us in wonderful detail. ”
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    Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.
    “The brother of founder Jeff Bezos delivers us artistic grace in a beautifully told story. ”