Category: Interviews

Burning Man 2014 — Coming Soon

2014 marked my eleventh consecutive year at Burning Man. It was a wonderful and amazing experience as always, but also one marked by challenges—mostly the physical kind. I returned from the playa quite ill and I’m only now beginning to get back on my feet. I’m putting together a customary set of 100 images, as in previous [...]

Interview in Arts Illustrated

Arts Illustrated is a beautiful journal devoted to art, photography and graphic design. I was delighted and honored when the editors contacted me some months ago asking if they could feature a selection of my photographs along with an interview. The issue is now out and it features a full 12 pages of my photos, [...]

On Photography, Burning Man and the Creative Process

ignite.me, a blog devoted to “art and forward-thinking ideas,” has just posted an interview with me in which I talk about photography, Burning Man, and my own creative process. I also share some thoughts on the profession of journalism, the art of dialogue, and the difference between crafting words and making images. How do you [...]

Honoring the Late James Hillman

The current issue of The Sun magazine includes an interview I did with the late psychologist James Hillman. Hillman passed away last October at the age of 85 and to honor him and his contribution to the world of ideas, the magazine is reprinting portions of several interviews originally published in the 1990s and early [...]

Bill Drayton on Becoming a Changemaker

“An invasion of armies can be resisted,” said Victor Hugo, “but not an idea whose time has come.” This certainly holds true for social entrepreneurship, an idea that has attracted an enormous amount of attention—to say nothing of money and talent—in recent years. The rise of social entrepreneurship reflects a growing sense today that many of [...]

John Taylor Gatto on Beating the System

John Taylor Gatto’s career as a school teacher began in 1965 when he borrowed his roommate’s teaching license and began working as a per diem substitute in New York City. He went on to become the city’s Teacher of the Year three years in a row and then New York State Teacher of the Year. [...]

Becoming an Adult in Relationships

“New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything,” wrote Michael Ondaatje in The English Patient. It’s a bittersweet fact of life — and a recurring theme in literature, film and the arts — that we start out reckless and clumsy in matters of the heart. Learning how to love and be loved takes time [...]

Things Are Not As They Seem

Some years ago, I had the good fortune to spend time with Huston Smith, the distinguished philosopher of religion. Over a period of two months, we met for a series of interviews covering fascinating subjects like the troubled relationship between science and spirituality, the rise of fundamentalism, the common threads at the heart of the [...]

The Creative Community

In this conversation with David Starkey, host of the Santa Barbara TV show “The Creative Community,” we talk about the Nobel Peace Prize, the art of interviewing, the state of journalism today, and a few other things. We also have a look at some of my photographs from Burning Man, the Salton Sea, and the [...]

A View From the Melting Pot

When Richard Rodriguez entered first grade at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento, California, his English vocabulary consisted of barely fifty words. All his classmates were white. He kept quiet, listening to the sounds of middle-class American speech, and feeling alone. After school he would return home to the pleasing, soothing sounds of his family’s Spanish. [...]

Fulfilling Your Highest Potential

Today it’s widely recognized that we use only a fraction of our human capacities even though we carry within us an almost unlimited power to learn, develop, expand and evolve. Michael Murphy has devoted the better part of five decades charting our human potentialities. He co-founded the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, in the [...]

Effecting Change: How Much Do We Really Know?

Some years ago, I was asked by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change to prepare a review of the literature on how change happens and how to make it happen. As I began mapping the literature in the field, I was staggered by the sheer volume of writing on a subject we actually know very [...]