How do you tell the story of your life? Do you focus on meaning, accomplishment and hope - or on failure and loss? Psychologists say telling a good life story can make you happier. But do we also create an inauthentic version of ourselves if we turn everything into a narrative? We explore the idea of life stories, and hear why poet Patti Smith chose to "write about nothing" when writing about her own life.
TTBOOK producer Charles Monroe-Kane is a great storyteller who's led an adventurous life. Here's a wild story from his memoir "Lithium Jesus" about smuggling mob money when he lived in Prague in the '90s.
Legendary poet and singer Patti Smith has two selves. On stage, she revels in collaborating with the people around her and creating a memorable performance. But she reveals a very different self in her memoir "M Train." She tells Steve Paulson about her solitary life, her elegies to favorite writers, and the melancholy she felt while writing about her late husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith.
Nobody wants to be a narcissist -- a relentless, self-loving, self-promoter. But look at Facebook and Twitter. We talk about ourselves all the time on social media. Which raises the question, are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism?
Neuroscientist Sam Harris is on our minds this week. Harris is best known as one of the guys who helpd lauch the New Atheist movement. So it comes as a surprise to see the title of his new book -- "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion."