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A podcast about the pursuit of knowledge through interesting and engaging conversation, hosted by Agent Palmer. Released every other Tuesday.

Apr 21, 2020

Episode 17 features biographer Brian Jay Jones, author of 4 books covering Washington Irving, Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Dr. Suess. We discuss lessons learned from those biographies, the writing process, and the value of one’s own work.

During the episode we discuss:

  • Being a biographer
  • "Having a shelf" (A common theme among biography subjects)
  • Career Path
  • Writing Process
  • Research
  • Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
  • Storytelling
  • Pacing
  • Book Collecting
  • Doing the Work
  • And much more.

Mentioned and Helpful Links from This Episode

Books by Brian Jay Jones

Washington Irving: An American Original

Jim Henson: The Biography

George Lucas: A Life

(My Review of George Lucas: A Life)

Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the meaning of an American Imagination

Other Links

My in-depth history on TLPS The Podcast.

Rotospective: My Series on Ralph Bakshi and his art 





You can also hear more Palmer in the meantime on Our Liner Notes, a musical conversation podcast with host Chris Maier and as mentioned on this show as co-host of The Podcast Digest with Dan Lizette.

Music created and provided by Henno Heitur of Monkey Tongue Productions.

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