When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
Storyteller. I think it’s the best umbrella term to encompass everything I do. I’m a digital filmmaker, TV personality, keynote speaker, seeker. All of these things make me a storyteller.
What’s your earliest memory of reading?
I remember being obsessed with Michael Crichton growing up. I was in awe; his books felt like watching movies. It was incredible. I also remember reading Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson which blew my mind.
If you could encourage young people to read one book in particular, what would it be?
Too many to simply list one. But among the most important book to understand would be The Immortalist by Alan Harrington.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
The worst job I’ve had was an internship for a film studio. I remember that the internship immediately became about getting coffee for the other employees, and felt quickly disenchanting. What I wanted was to talk movies, philosophy and storytelling, and I just couldn’t come around to the mundane dimension of what was being asked. It could also be that I simply was in over my head and too entitled at the time, we all have to start somewhere. I learned that later.
Do you read as much as you’d like to?
Yes. But could always read more.
What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path?
The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil and TechGnosis by Erik Davis. Both books are ontological awakenings, they transform how you see the world. They are psychedelic experiences that leave you changed forever. Both Kurzweil and Erik Davis are also dazzling writers, so even if you don’t agree with their ideas you’ll find the writing irresistible.
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson. He has a beautiful way of explaining things, and his take on creativity always has wonderful, actionable ideas and items. You can apply a lot of his examples in your own life, it’s a great read indeed.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
The book I’ve recommended most is The Denial Of Death by Ernest Becker.
What’s your favourite genre of book?
My favourite genre is non-fiction mindblowers.
What do you think a world without books would be like?
A sad world indeed.
Is there an author whose writing you’re such a fan of, that you’ll read everything they release?
Kevin Kelly. Kevin Kelly is really a philosopher, he may talk tech, but he does so like a poet and virtuoso of the written word. I just love his style, his voice and his depth.
Do you think digital books will ever completely replace real books?
More compassion and higher consciousness. Humanity needs to read The Denial Of Death by Ernest Becker.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life?
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
I’d also include What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I’ll be reading Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
Ejaculations of Amazement.