"Eleanor is much more than an interviewer: sheenters into conversations, opens debates, sketches in background. Sheinterprets and suggests, but never imposes. She projects curiosity,spontaneity, humour and goodwill. Her sense of respect, her tact, her utterlack of obsequiousness... and her uncanny ability to ask difficult questions...have endeared her to readers and listeners."
— Carol Shields, from the foreword
Eleanor Wachtel’s award-winning CBC Radio programme "Writers & Company" has set the gold standard for intelligent, insightful, rivetinginterviews. To mark the dawn of the new millennium, Wachtel talked to some ofthe most inspiring and influential thinkers of our time--people who haveforever changed their area of specialty and influenced the world around them.As she writes in her introduction, "I wanted to interview people who hadshaped the last century and whose influence would continue into the next... Ihoped to have wide-ranging conversations with some of the most inspiring menand women of our time, people who’ve made a difference."
And what an outstanding list of people she met:
Each interview enlightens not only the subject’s master area but how wesee the world and our role in it. Not content to sit back on theirintellectual laurels, Wachtel’s subjects seem driven to influence theirworld and encourage us to do likewise. As Jane Goodall says, "The nicestthing I’m told after lectures is that I make people realize that their liveshave more value. And thousands of children from all over the world have said,-You taught me that because you did it, I can do it too.’ That’samazing. That makes it all—all this effort—really worthwhile."
A book for Eleanor Wachtel’s many devotees and for anyone who has acuriosity about the fascinating intersection of people and ideas, OriginalMinds is a captivating read.
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Eleanor Wachtel is a writer and broadcaster who has hosted CBC Radio’s award-winning Writers & Company since its inception in 1990 and The Arts Today since 1996. In addition to her widely acclaimed Writers & Company and More Writers & Company, she contributed to Dropped Threads and Lost Classics and has co-authored or co-edited three other books. Her work has also appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Saturday Night, Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. Among the many honours she has received in recognition of her contribution to Canadian intellectual and cultural life, she won the 2002 Jack Award for supporting Canadian books and authors. Born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University, Eleanor Wachtel lives in Toronto.
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