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

Oct 18, 2022

Episode 82 features author Jimmy Soni, co-author of A Mind At Play about Claude Shannon and The Founders about the founding of Paypal and the evolution of the PayPal Mafia. We discuss the process of creating those books, researching, method writing, going dark, plus the creative process in all its forms, the good and bad, the early mornings and late nights, and much much more.

Throughout the conversation, we discuss:

  • Writing about the dead vs. writing about the living
  • Historical research
  • Research processes
  • Going Dark
  • Stumbling into a book
  • Creating a firewall for current events
  • Method writing
  • Creative motives change as you do them
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
  • Creating vs. Consuming content
  • Balance
  • Ambition to create should be more celebrated
  • Giving people a platform
  • The Chaos of Publishing
  • Advice for writers
  • And much more

Mentioned and Helpful Links from This Episode

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shapes Silicon Valley





Other Links

Deighton’s City of Gold is must-read WW2 fiction

Travelin’ Band documentary reminds us how great CCR is

The Founders demystifies the dot-com era success of PayPal

A Book Review of “A Mind At Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age” by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman


You can also hear more Palmer occasionally on Our Liner Notes, a musical conversation podcast with host Chris Maier or 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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