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Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert returns for the second season of her hit podcast MAGIC LESSONS, ready to help another batch of aspiring artists overcome their fears and create more joyfully. This year’s guest experts include Neil Gaiman, Gary Shteyngart, Amy Purdy, Michael Ian Black, Brandon Stanton, Martha Beck, and Glennon Doyle Melton. MAGIC LESSONS art courtesy of Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Magic Lessons Ep 203: "Know the Taste of Failure" featuring Michael Ian Black

This week on Magic Lessons, Elizabeth Gilbert enlists the comedian Michael Ian Black to help coach Keith, an improv comedy performer in Baltimore. A few years ago Keith fell hard for improv. He took every improv class in Baltimore and but there wasn't a regular space to perform. So he formed a troupe and found a venue, building a vibrant improv community called the Charm City Comedy Project. But, somewhere along the way, he neglected his own dreams of creating a one-man show. Special Guest: Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and host of the podcast "How To Be Amazing." On TV you can find him on The Jim Gaffigan Show and Another Period. He's also the author of the memoir Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine, (But Also My Mom's Which I Know Sounds Weird.) Find out more about him at MichaelIanBlack.org This week's sponsors: Audible, The Great Courses Plus, and Stamps.com Always use the promo code: Lessons

1hr 14mins

12 Aug 2016

Rank #1

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Magic Lessons Ep. 202: "Make the Brutal Into the Beautiful" Featuring Brandon Stanton

This week on Magic Lessons, Elizabeth Gilbert advises Anne, a photographer in Pennsylvania. For the last few years Anne has been documenting her brother's life. He's a veteran with PTSD and a recovering drug addict. She imagines turning all this material into a photo-essay exhibit or book, but she's afraid to take the next steps to make it happen. To help guide Anne, Liz calls up her friend Brandon Stanton, the photographer and creator of the photo series "Humans of New York.” Several weeks later, Anne reveals what she's been up to since getting all this advice.   Special Guest: Brandon Stanton is the photographer and creator behind Humans of New York. He is also the author of two number 1 New York Times-bestselling books, Humans of New York and Humans of New York: Stories. Find out more about him at HumansofNewYork.com This week's sponsors: Casper, The Great Courses Plus, and Stamps.com And use the promo code: Lessons

1hr 11mins

5 Aug 2016

Rank #2

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 11: "The Big Check-In"

The author of BIG MAGIC finds out how five podcast participants are honoring their "contracts with inspiration." This is an installment of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

1hr

25 Jul 2016

Rank #3

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 7: "Sexy, Dirty, Nasty, Wicked"

The author of BIG MAGIC helps an art teacher run off and have an affair with her art. This is an installment of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

21mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 6: Ann Patchett's Counter-advice "Dive into That Well"

The author of BIG MAGIC and the author of THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE on stories that demand to be told. This is an installment of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

14mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #5

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 5: "Access Your Joy"

The author of BIG MAGIC helps a grieving songwriter get back to making music. This is an installment of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

21mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #6

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 4: Rob Bell on how "The Action Is Right Here"

The author of BIG MAGIC speaks with Pastor Rob Bell about protecting the soul in a soulless environment. This is an installment of Magic Lessons with ELizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

17mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 3: "The Thing That You Are Seeking Is Also Seeking You"

The author of BIG MAGIC helps a call center worker find a way to keep the creative spirit alive. This is an installment of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

20mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #8

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Magic Lessons Se. 1, Ep. 9: "Dear Creativity and Fear"

The author of BIG MAGIC helps a photographer find the courage to follow her creative impulses into a new realm. This is an installment of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. For more information on Elizabeth Gilbert, please visit: www.elizabethgilbert.com.

17mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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Magic Lessons Ep. 204: “Who Gets To Decide Whether You're A Legitimate Artist?" featuring Mark Nepo

This week on Magic Lessons, Elizabeth Gilbert talks with Cecilia, a young poet in Florida. Cecilia fell in love with poetry in college and applied to a dozen MFA programs. She got rejected from every one. Devastated by the rejection she fell into great despair and wondered if she could still call herself a poet when these MFA programs deemed her talents insufficient. For extra guidance Liz brings in her friend, the poet and storyteller Mark Nepo, who has soulful advice for Cecilia. And later we hear from Cecilia about what she's been up to since her first magic lesson. Special Guest: Mark Nepo is a poet, teacher, storyteller and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. His most recent books include The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in your Heart (Atria, July 2016), and Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness (Sounds True), selected by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2015. Find out more about him at MarkNepo.com This week's sponsors: Casper, The Great Courses Plus, and Stamps.com And use the promo code: Lessons

1hr 15mins

19 Aug 2016

Rank #10