Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk is the author of Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairsforthcoming from Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

  • Creative Pairs, in Their Own Words

    Creative Pairs, in Their Own Words

    Members of creative pairs on their partners

  • The Power of Two
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    The Power of Two

    Despite the mythology around the idea of the lone genius, the famous partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney demonstrates the brilliance of creative pairs.

  • What Makes Us Happy?
    Mark Ostow

    What Makes Us Happy?

    Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.

  • Lincoln's Great Depression

    Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a "character issue"—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation

  • Being Abe Lincoln

    Lincoln's features and clothing are stamped on the American imagination—and imitated by "Lincoln presenters" nationwide

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The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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Playing An Actual Keyboard Cat

A music video transforms food, pets, and objects into extraordinary instruments.

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Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

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The Man Who Built a Forest Larger Than Central Park

Since 1979, he has planted more than 1,300 acres of trees.

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