What Makes a Good Marriage? Sex, Love, Shared Interests?
Author Gay Talese came by Big Think this afternoon and spoke to us about marriage, the subject of his next book. He is writing about his own half-century-long (and still going strong) marriage to Nan Talese, the legendary book editor. He downplayed the role of sex in a lasting marriage, pooh-poohed love, and declared that the most important ingredient is mutual respect. He also spoke about why nonfiction writers are looked upon as second-class citizens compared to novelists and why the tape recorder has destroyed long-form journalism. Not one to rush into adopting new technologies, he asked us to send him a VHS tape of our interview because he doesn't have an Internet connection.
Our interview with Talese will be posted Saturday. This is the second time he has spent an hour with Big Think. Last year he spoke to us about writer's block, Oprah, and the art of interviewing, among other things.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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