Walter Isaacson

The Roots Of Apple, Microsoft And Facebook In Hacker Culture

Two of this week’s milestones in the history of technology connect three generations of hackers: MIT’s Tech Model Railroad Club; Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and Paul Allen; and Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of today’s Silicon Valley.<p>On <b>November 20, 1963</b>, the MIT student newspaper reported …

Steve Wozniak

Books: The National Book Award winners, Alexander Chee on his mentor Kit Reed and more

Hello, readers! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the L.A. Times, with this week’s newsletter with some great bookish stories to carry you through Thanksgiving.<p><b>THE BIG STORY</b><p>When <b>critic at large</b> <b>Alexander Chee</b> took his first creative writing class from <b>Kit Reed</b> at Wesleyan University more than two …

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:<p>Nonfiction<p>1."Leonardo da Vinci," by Walter Isaacson …

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International: 15 bestselling books of the week, Nov. 18

<i>1. The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) — Jeff Kinney</i><i>2. The Sun and Her Flowers — Rupi Kaur</i><i>3. Origin —</i> Dan Brown<i>4. Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck …

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The Da Vinci Homerun: How a `Wild Idea' Turned Into $450 Million

The vision came to Loic Gouzer when he was free diving in the Caribbean: Da Vinci and Warhol, together, on sale.<p>The Renaissance painter was on …

Salvator Mundi

The unexpected way Leonardo learned to paint Mona Lisa and Jesus

The research he did for his famous enigmatic smiles had a touch of the macabre.<p>With news of the record-breaking $450 million sale of Leonardo da …

Mona Lisa

Best-selling books: ‘The Midnight Line’ and ‘Obama’

<b>FICTION</b><p><b>1. “The Midnight Line”</b> by Lee Child (Delacorte)<p><b>2. “The Rooster Bar”</b> by John Grisham (Doubleday)<p><b>3. “Origin”</b> by Dan Brown (Doubleday)<p><b>4. “Two</b> …

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What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

IDEAS<p>Walter Isaacson is the author of “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.” Isaacson, the CEO …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Donna Tartt drops her agent, shocks literary community

Author Donna Tartt has left her legendary agent Amanda “Binky” Urban in a move that’s stunned the literary world after Urban landed Tartt a monster …

Literature

Podcast #257: How to Be a Creative Genius Like da Vinci | The Art of Manliness

Leonardo da Vinci has become the ultimate archetype of the creative genius. Besides his famous paintings, including the <i>Mona Lisa</i>, da Vinci had …

Humanities

The top 10 bestselling Kindle books of all time

The Kindle debuted 10 years ago this month and Amazon marked its anniversary with top 10 lists of the bestselling fiction and nonfiction books for …

Books

Hello, I Must Be Going

IDEAS<p>Joel Stein writes a weekly column for TIME magazine. His book, <i>Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity</i>, changes people’s lives.<p>Since my first …

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WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

Best-Selling Books Week Ended November 5.<p>FICTION<p>1. "The Rooster Bar" by John Grisham (Doubleday Books)<p>2. "Two Kinds of Truth" by Michael Connelly …

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This Priceless Da Vinci Painting Sold for $60 in 1958. Now It's Expected to Get $100 Million

In 2011 a newly rediscovered work by Leonardo da Vinci surprised the art world. It was a painting known as <i>Salvator Mundi</i> (Savior of the World), which …

Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci: We Get His Life, But Not His Vision

Photo by J. Simmons | CC BY 2.0Walter Isaacson’s newly released <i>Leonardo da Vinci</i> doesn’t inspire.[i] The <i>Mona Lisa</i> challenges modern thinking. It is …

Liberal View

Program Topics Announced for Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health

<i>Seismic Shifts, Our Imperfect Union, The Sexes</i> and <i>Our Planet, Our Health</i> are some of the tracks we’ll explore at the 2018 Aspen Ideas and Spotlight …

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Peter Thiel will discuss “quest to shut down Gawker” at SXSW

SXSW, which covers tech, movies, music and much more, got some slack last year for booking then-FBI guy James Comey to speak as part of SXSW …

SXSW

One More Reason to Use Film

I’m currently reading a biography of Leonardo Da Vinci written by Walter Isaacson, who also wrote a biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Da Vinci …

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson - Events

Walter Isaacson<p>presents<p><i>Leonardo da Vinci</i><p><b>Tickets on sale now</b><p><b>This event includes a book signing</b><p>Walter Isaacson<p><b>Walter Isaacson</b> is the University …

Steve Jobs

Author Walter Isaacson profiles the ultimate Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci

<i>After portraying titans of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics such as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs, author</i> <i>Walter</i> …

Creativity

From Leonardo to Lenin

Photo by anpalacios | Public DomainLast month was the hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution, the first successful revolution against …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Anatomy, Round Two

Cutting down to the heart of it all<p>The Centenarian<p>Shortly before he left Florence in 1508, Leonardo was at the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, where …

Full transcript: ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ biographer Walter Isaacson on Recode Decode

“If you can stand at that intersection between the arts and sciences or between beauty and engineering, that’s where you’ll be the most creative.”<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher</b>, author Walter Isaacson talks about his new biography of Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo …

Creativity

How to Generate a Year's Worth of Blog Post Ideas

Content marketing is hard work. Anyone who thinks it isn’t, probably hasn’t done it.<p>But what’s hard about it varies with your particular …

Creativity

Books to give and get this season

A book makes for a perfect gift. What’s more, it’s easy to wrap. Prices can vary widely depending on where you shop [insert a shout out to your favorite local retailer here!], so look around before you buy.<p>Look who's back!<p>“Origin” by Dan Brown. The author of “The Da Vinci Code” is back with a new …

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Three Startup Myths Holding You Back

In its first week on sale, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs sold 379,000 copies, achieving the biggest week of sales for any book in the U.S. I have yet to meet a business owner who hasn’t read it and, no doubt, the army of aspiring entrepreneurs looking to learn from the …

Entrepreneurship

TV highlights: ‘Alias Grace’ comes to Netflix

<b>Once Upon a Time</b> (ABC at 8) Tiana takes on the soothsayer known as Dr. Facilier.<p><b>Crazy Ex-Girlfriend</b> (CW at 8) Josh Groban makes a (musical) cameo.<p><b>Great Performances</b> (WETA and MPT at 9) Kevin Kline, Kate Burton and Cobie Smulders star in “Present Laughter,” Noel Coward’s comedy about a self-obsessed …

Entertainment

Walter Isaacson’s ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Is the Portrait of a Real Renaissance Man

Because Walter Isaacson has made a cottage industry of writing about Renaissance men, it’s no surprise, really, that he’s finally landed on a subject from the actual Renaissance. Like the other idols in Isaacson’s gallery of polymaths and visionaries — Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs …

Books

The Story Behind That Iconic Portrait of Steve Jobs

Photographer Albert Watson is the man behind the iconic photo of Steve Jobs that is seen all over the Internet and on the cover of the <i>Steve Jobs</i> …

Photography

Walter Isaacson: By the Book

<i>The author of “Einstein,” “Steve Jobs,” and, most recently, “Leonardo da Vinci,” has a weakness for cyberpunk dating to the 1980s: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson.</i><p><b>What books are on your nightstand?</b><p>George Washington Cable’s “The Grandissimes,” a novel about a white Creole and his …

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