Why can’t we come together on global warming? Should the rich pay higher taxes, or use their money to help desperate strangers on the other side of the world? Do gays have a right to marry? Does a woman with an unwanted pregnancy have a right to choose? Is it wrong to eat animals because we enjoy how they taste?
Joshua Greene stops by the Googleplex for a conversation with Kent Walker. You can find Joshua’s book on Google Play: http://goo.gl/c2u3hW .
Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values along with unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more salient and more puzzling. We fight over everything from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, and we wonder where, if at all, we can find our common ground.
A grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Moral Tribes reveals the underlying causes of modern conflict and lights the way forward. Greene compares the human brain to a dual-mode camera, with point-and-shoot automatic settings ("portrait," "landscape") as well as a manual mode. Our point-and-shoot settings are our emotions—efficient, automated programs honed by evolution, culture, and personal experience. The brain’s manual mode is its capacity for deliberate reasoning, which makes our thinking flexible. Point-and-shoot emotions make us social animals, turning Me into Us. But they also make us tribal animals, turning Us against The…
With literary manager Candace Lake
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The movie business is changing, and this week’s guest has reinvented her business as a result. What inspired literary agent Candace Lake to become a literary manager, and what is a literary manager anyway?
Candace Lake began her career as a production assistant on network television pilots and specials. In 1974, she joined the literary agency Ziegler, Diskant Associates, a premiere boutique specializing in writers and directors like William Goldman, Sidney Pollock, and Frank Pierson. In addition to her work helping writer clients develop original scripts and directors select projects, she represented the agency’s New York corresponding book agents in the sale of motion picture and TV rights. The agency helped launch the then nascent movie of the week business with book sales involving such acclaimed popular novelists as Mary Higgins Clark.
After rising to Vice-President, Literary, at Ziegler Diskant Associates, Candace joined Jeff Berg and Jim Wiatt at International Creative Management as an agent in the film department, then worked with Lee Gabler as a packaging agent in the television department. In 1980, she left ICM to form her own agency, The Candace Lake Agency.
At her own agency, Candace has represented writers and directors in the film and television industry and has been responsible for the sale of such disparate original screenplays as the Sean Penn vehicle Bad Boys by Richard DiLello, Comes a Horseman written by Dennis Lynton Clarke, and the Chris Bryant period drama Lady Jane, which launched Helena Bonham Carter’s career. She has placed writer clients on television series like CSI, Star Trek Voyager, L.A. Law, Roswell, Farscape and 1-800-Missing. Her clients have also written pilots for Showtime, Oxygen, and the WB. Other clients have ventured in to new media by writing scripts for movie-based thrill rides, video games and Internet shorts.
Recently Candace started a literary management business, Stone Canyon Media, with her partner, Ryan Lewis. She now develops projects and, in some instances, produces them as well. Her first project for the new company is 105 Degrees and Rising, by William Akers, to be directed by Jon Amiel and produced by Echo Lake Productions and Overture. She is also partnered with Mark Gordon on a project at Paramount Vantage and with Piler/Segan on a book adaptation.
Join Candace and Writing Show host Paula B. as they delve into the high-stakes world of writing for Hollywood, including:
What a literary manager does
Why she left agenting to become a literary manager
How writers get jobs in Hollywood
What she looks for in a writer
What qualities give screenwriters the best chance of finding and keeping work
What it takes to be a successful agent or literary manager
Which TV shows and movies she considers excellent
Whether screenwriters need to live in Los Angeles to be successful.
Interviewee: Candace LakeHost: Paula B.Date: June 4, 2007Running time: 55:51File size: 34 megabytesRating: G
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