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Hooked on the First Line: Mastering Memoir

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"How is it possible to bring order out of memory?"

This quote begins Beryl Markham's West with the Night, the memoirs of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West.

"I should like to begin at the beginning patiently like a weaver at his loom. I should like to say this is the place to start. There can be no other, but there are a hundred places to start."

Today, James and Cal Fussman return for another episode of "Hooked on the First Line", where they each bring to the table books that had them hooked from page one.

Cal Fussman and James Altucher engage in a deep exploration of the art of writing, examining how first and last lines, personal experiences, and storytelling techniques shape a writer's work and influence the reader's experience. They discuss specific examples from literature, including the works of Ernest Hemingway, and relate these concepts to broader themes like memory, personal growth, and the diversity of writing styles across different fields.

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Episode Summary:

Importance of First and Last Lines in Writing [00:00:30]: The discussion begins with the significance of the first and last lines in writing, their impact on readers, and the challenge of competing with modern distractions.

Reflections on Personal Life and Chess [00:02:18 - 00:03:56]: Personal anecdotes about past relationships, chess playing, and the influence of sports and activities on personal growth are shared.

Discussion on George Foreman and Muhammad Ali [00:03:56 - 00:09:10]: They delve into the lives and careers of George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, discussing their iconic fight and their impact on their careers and personalities.

Peak Ages in Different Professions [00:09:10 - 00:10:54]: The conversation shifts to the concept of peak ages in various professions, including sports, mathematics, and writing, and the importance of experience in artistic fields.

George Foreman's Career and Personal Transformation [00:10:54 - 00:14:30]: Fussman recounts George Foreman's career, his comeback in boxing, and how he transformed his public persona.

Writing Craft and First Lines [00:14:39 - 00:16:11]: The discussion focuses on the art of writing, the importance of first lines, and how it sets the tone for a story or a piece of writing.

Cal Fussman's Personal Writing Experiences [00:16:11 - 00:19:21]: Fussman shares his experiences with writing, particularly on significant events like 9/11, emphasizing the importance of both the first and last lines in storytelling.

Analysis of Hemingway's Work and Other Literature [00:19:21 - 00:22:55]: The conversation shifts to Ernest Hemingway's work and his thoughts on other writers, including "West with the Night" by Beryl Markham and analysis of various books and their opening lines.

Exploring Memory and Storytelling [00:22:55 - 00:28:51]: The interview touches on the themes of memory, storytelling, and how writers use their experiences to craft narratives.

Discussion on Business Books and Writing Styles [00:28:51 - 00:57:12]: The dialogue expands to include different writing styles and the importance of craftsmanship in writing across genres. After a discussion about journaling, Cal discusses Harry Crews and his memoir "A Childhood: The Biography of a Place". They explore how the principles of storytelling and narrative structure apply to various forms of writing, including business and self-help genres.

"A Time of Gifts" by Patrick Leigh Fermor [00:45:10]: Fussman describes Fermor's journey from Holland to Constantinople in 1933 and the impact of this journey on the world and literature, noting that it took three books to capture the experience. The second book mentioned is "Between the Woods and the Water," detailing Fermor's travels from Hungary to Romania,

Discussion on Business Books [00:54:25]: Towards the end of the conversation, Fussman reflects on business books, contrasting them with fiction, which he grew up reading. He acknowledges his later introduction to business books and notes a different approach to the first lines in these works compared to fiction.

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What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!

Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!

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Visit Notepd.com to read our idea lists & sign up to create your own!

My new book Skip the Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever books are sold!

Join the You Should Run for President 2.0 Facebook Group, where we discuss why you should run for President.

I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

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Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts:

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Stitcher

iHeart Radio

Spotify

Follow me on Social Media:

YouTube

Twitter

Facebook

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  • What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!
  • Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!

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Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts:

Follow me on social media:

  continue reading

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Konten disediakan oleh James Altucher and Jay Yow. Semua konten podcast termasuk episode, grafik, dan deskripsi podcast diunggah dan disediakan langsung oleh James Altucher and Jay Yow atau mitra platform podcast mereka. Jika Anda yakin seseorang menggunakan karya berhak cipta Anda tanpa izin, Anda dapat mengikuti proses yang dijelaskan di sini https://id.player.fm/legal.

"How is it possible to bring order out of memory?"

This quote begins Beryl Markham's West with the Night, the memoirs of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West.

"I should like to begin at the beginning patiently like a weaver at his loom. I should like to say this is the place to start. There can be no other, but there are a hundred places to start."

Today, James and Cal Fussman return for another episode of "Hooked on the First Line", where they each bring to the table books that had them hooked from page one.

Cal Fussman and James Altucher engage in a deep exploration of the art of writing, examining how first and last lines, personal experiences, and storytelling techniques shape a writer's work and influence the reader's experience. They discuss specific examples from literature, including the works of Ernest Hemingway, and relate these concepts to broader themes like memory, personal growth, and the diversity of writing styles across different fields.

-----------

Episode Summary:

Importance of First and Last Lines in Writing [00:00:30]: The discussion begins with the significance of the first and last lines in writing, their impact on readers, and the challenge of competing with modern distractions.

Reflections on Personal Life and Chess [00:02:18 - 00:03:56]: Personal anecdotes about past relationships, chess playing, and the influence of sports and activities on personal growth are shared.

Discussion on George Foreman and Muhammad Ali [00:03:56 - 00:09:10]: They delve into the lives and careers of George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, discussing their iconic fight and their impact on their careers and personalities.

Peak Ages in Different Professions [00:09:10 - 00:10:54]: The conversation shifts to the concept of peak ages in various professions, including sports, mathematics, and writing, and the importance of experience in artistic fields.

George Foreman's Career and Personal Transformation [00:10:54 - 00:14:30]: Fussman recounts George Foreman's career, his comeback in boxing, and how he transformed his public persona.

Writing Craft and First Lines [00:14:39 - 00:16:11]: The discussion focuses on the art of writing, the importance of first lines, and how it sets the tone for a story or a piece of writing.

Cal Fussman's Personal Writing Experiences [00:16:11 - 00:19:21]: Fussman shares his experiences with writing, particularly on significant events like 9/11, emphasizing the importance of both the first and last lines in storytelling.

Analysis of Hemingway's Work and Other Literature [00:19:21 - 00:22:55]: The conversation shifts to Ernest Hemingway's work and his thoughts on other writers, including "West with the Night" by Beryl Markham and analysis of various books and their opening lines.

Exploring Memory and Storytelling [00:22:55 - 00:28:51]: The interview touches on the themes of memory, storytelling, and how writers use their experiences to craft narratives.

Discussion on Business Books and Writing Styles [00:28:51 - 00:57:12]: The dialogue expands to include different writing styles and the importance of craftsmanship in writing across genres. After a discussion about journaling, Cal discusses Harry Crews and his memoir "A Childhood: The Biography of a Place". They explore how the principles of storytelling and narrative structure apply to various forms of writing, including business and self-help genres.

"A Time of Gifts" by Patrick Leigh Fermor [00:45:10]: Fussman describes Fermor's journey from Holland to Constantinople in 1933 and the impact of this journey on the world and literature, noting that it took three books to capture the experience. The second book mentioned is "Between the Woods and the Water," detailing Fermor's travels from Hungary to Romania,

Discussion on Business Books [00:54:25]: Towards the end of the conversation, Fussman reflects on business books, contrasting them with fiction, which he grew up reading. He acknowledges his later introduction to business books and notes a different approach to the first lines in these works compared to fiction.

------------

What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!

Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!

------------

Visit Notepd.com to read our idea lists & sign up to create your own!

My new book Skip the Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever books are sold!

Join the You Should Run for President 2.0 Facebook Group, where we discuss why you should run for President.

I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.

------------

Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts:

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

iHeart Radio

Spotify

Follow me on Social Media:

YouTube

Twitter

Facebook

------------

  • What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!
  • Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!

------------

------------

Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts:

Follow me on social media:

  continue reading

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