How does brain chemistry impact creativity? Can a mentor really shape the course of an entire life? In this hour, we explore the mysterious nature of the creative process and the struggles of developing a brilliant mind with acclaimed author Siri Hustvedt and novelist and EIC of Modern Painters Rachel Corbett. Corbett's new book You Must Change You Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin (W. W. Norton & Company) details one of history’s most fascinating mentor/friend relationships, and provides inspiration for any young artist who's ever struggled to find their voice. Hustvedt, who has a PhD in English literature from Columbia University, is the internationally acclaimed author of five novels, including The Blazing World and What I Loved, and a growing body of nonfiction. In her newest collection of essays, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women (Simon & Schuster), she taps into experiences across mediums and genres to explore everything from the market bubble in balloon animal sculptures to the mysteries of human psychology--also stopping along the way to discuss how gender biases can affect how we judge everything from art and literature to the world in general. Moderated by writer Laura Feinstein.‚Äč

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Produced by: Scott Newman Laura Feinstein

Designed by: Ray Marrero

photography by: Alexa Hoyer

Hosted By: Rich Awn

Live sound by: Brian Ashburn Davis

audio editing By: Carlos Fonseca