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Arts & Letters Live Program - Eric Weiner -The Geography of Genius
Author, The Geography of Bliss

Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

In 2012, former NPR news correspondent Eric Weiner was interviewed by Lisa L. Kirschner, an author and yogi then living in Qatar.

Weiner was already at work on his latest book The Geography of Genius. Kirschner asked, "On the heels of your success with The Geography of Bliss and the spiritual edification of writing Man Seeks God, are you happier?"

He replied, "I wouldn’t say I’m happy but I would say I’m less unhappy. Because I’m not having to wallow in other people’s misery every day as you do as a journalist. War, famine, disease…that’s what qualifies as news in the world. I never really fit in there, I like the more oddball stories and places, like, small Persian Gulf countries that begin with the letter Q.

The subtitle of The Geography of Bliss is One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. He described the book as having "some humor and some escapades and some thoughtfulness."

The same things -- from a different perspective on a different -- are part of The Geography of Genius. No moody subtitle this time. This one is descriptive: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.

The author appears at the Dallas Museum of Art’s series Arts & Letters Live to discuss this book as well as his travels.

In the book, he writes, "Certain places, at certain times, produced a bumper crop of brilliant minds and good ideas." And he examines locations such as the Athens of Socrates and Calcutta during the Bengal Renaissance (1840-1920).

Among Weiner's revelations are these: Intimacy is a foundation of genius and the arrival of bling is a sign of "creeping vanity" and decline.

Former Council speaker and best-selling author Walter Isaacson wrote of Weiner's Genius, "This witty and fun book has an insight in every paragraph. It’s a charming mix of history and wisdom cloaked as a rollicking travelogue filled with colorful characters.”

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1717 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
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