I'm joined by author William Egginton to discuss his new book The Rigor of Angels. We talk Borges, Kant, and Heisenberg—and the big idea(s) they had in common. We discuss the antimonies of knowledge and the possibility that art is their solution. We discuss Coltrane, intelligence, creativity, biography, academia, and specialization vs. generalism. At the end, we discuss writing and publishing, the changing landscape of the book publishing industry, and how to think about writing for different audiences.
Chapters: (0:00:00) - The Rigor of Angels (0:10:43) - The Antinomies of Knowledge (0:19:55) - Impact of Great Art and Thinkers (0:23:41) - Curiosity and Conviviality (0:30:31) - Creativity and Intelligence (0:43:28) - The Future of Writing and Publishing (0:49:27) - Academic vs. Popular Writing