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Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott brings her unique charm to the Writer's Symposium by the Sea once again as she stresses the importance of finding one's pure voice in writing about sadness, disappointment or satisfaction with life in this freewheeling conversation with author Donald Miller and veteran journalist Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Joyce Maynard has been a writer of both fiction and nonfiction since the age of 18. Her memoir "At Home in the World" has been translated into fifteen languages. Her eight novels include the newly released "After Her," as well as "To Die For" and the New York Times bestseller, "Labor Day." In addition to writing, Maynard performs frequently as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City, and is the founder of the Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) Writers' Workshop. Recorded on 10/09/2014.

UC San Diego astrophysicist Brian Keating presents cosmological observations that have revealed a mysterious universe, pointing to the startling possibility that our cosmos might be just the most insignificant speck of what is now called "the Multiverse." New telescopes such as the BICEP based in Antarctica hint at an infinite universe with the possibility of unimaginable fecundity, yet devoid of life other than here on Earth. Keating explores what this implies about free will in an infinite universe, with infinite degrees of freedom and choices.

Architecture critic and The New School professor Paul Goldberger looks at whether cities are becoming more and more the same, and why, and what the implications for this are. Recorded on 04/20/2015.
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