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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The communication of ideas


“My greatest joy comes from creativity: from feeling that I have been able to identify a certain aspect of human nature and crystallize a phenomenon in words.” – Alain de Botton

Swiss-born and British-based author de Botton is celebrating both his 47th birthday and the early success of his newest book – a sequel to his best-selling novel Essays in Love, which was his very first publishing effort from1993.   His newest book, The Course of Love, not only follows up on that first best seller but also the 2010 hit movie My Last Five Girlfriends, which was based on Essays.

De Botton’s books, which usually emphasize philosophy's relevance to everyday life, have almost all been best sellers, but none to equal the romantic comedy Essays which sold over 2 million copies.

Positive reviews of his books attest that he has made literature, philosophy and art more accessible to a wider audience, as has his popularity as a guest lecturer and television documentarian, usually based on his own works.                                                 

Never shy, de Botton says “I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it - that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.”
                                                                                
“I feel that the great challenge of our time is the communication of ideas.”




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