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Self and Story: In Conversation with Gregg Hurwitz

Podcast 24th May 2024

Stephen Blackwood Stephen
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Gregg Hurwitz, the New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series and a storyteller whose work spans many mediums and genres, in conversation with Stephen Blackwood, the founding president of Ralston College, and with students enrolled in the inaugural year of the College’s MA in the Humanities program. In this live event—recorded on [date] at Ralston College—Hurwitz discusses the concrete details of his own writing practice and explains how his training in literature and psychology have informed his craft. He reflects on how storytelling helps us to understand the self and on the real-world value of learning to speak with honesty and authenticity. 

Authors, Ideas, and Works Mentioned in this Episode

  • Sigmund Freud
  • Carl Jung
  • Joseph Campbell 
  • Gregg Hurwitz, You’re Next
  • The Sixth Sense (film) 
  • Romanticism 
  • William Wordsworth, “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”
  • William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience
  • Transcendentalism 
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • James Joyce, “The Dead”; Ulyssess 
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
  • William Faulkner, Light in August; As I Lay Dying; The Sound and the Fury
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment 
  • Edgar Allan Poe,  “The Tell-Tale Heart” 
  • Albert Camus, The Stranger 
  • James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Carl Rogers 
  • Lord Byron 
  • Batman (comic series)
  • Punisher (comic series) 
  • Richard Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen
  • Pablo Picasso 
  • Joan Didion 
  • The Book of Henry (film) 
  • Alan Moore


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