Mr. Gottschall is the author or editor of seven books, including The Storytelling Animal — a New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize — and most recently he published a fascinating book titled The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch.
As a Distinguished Fellow at the English Department of Washington & Jefferson College, his work lands at the intersection of science and art and is frequently covered in outlets like The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and NPR.
For his latest book, he personally climbed into the cage to research the world of mixed martial arts, violence, masculinity, and why society is attracted to violent spectacles.
Listen to The Writer Files for this two-part interview.
In Part One of the file, host Kelton Reid and Jonathan Gottschall discuss:
- Why writers need to chase what scares them
- How “drugs” can boost your productivity
- Why writing 365 days a year may not be ideal
- The sad reality of writer’s block
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