Episode 7 – Gregg Hurwitz

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A conversation with Author Gregg Hurwitz covering a variety of topics, including Gregg’s recent work, writing practices, perfection vs. wholeness, superheroes & archetypal heroes, how to balance intimacy and work, limits of comedy, free speech, and more.

Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 17 novels, most recently, THE NOWHERE MAN. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted twice for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense Picks, nominated for the Galaxy National Book Award, and published in 30 languages.

Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.

Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

  • Kasper SøktomåbyttetilBilly Br

    Hi! I was wondering if you had read the graphic novel series “The unwritten” by Mike Carrey? It is almost like a comic book illustration of many of the ideas you seem to articulate in your maps of meaning lectures. It drives me crazy not knowing if you have read it!

    It basically tells a story about stories and the interplay between the human unconscious and the way we go out and shape the world. It’s almost eerie how it exemplifies so many of your lectures incredible strong ideas that I cant understand that you have come to them independedly but then aagain I guess you just both tapped into the real truth.
    It is the hero tale but one were the hero is born with a that postulates that stories are hyperreal and does so just like you by visiting the story of Jonah/Pinocchio and the whale, harry potter as well as Cain and Abel.I