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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

Dec 4, 2014

On today's show, I talk to philosopher Simon Critchley. Raised north of London, Simon grew up in a working class atmosphere. He never thought he'd attend university, but then a chance accident sent him off on an academic path. In 1988, Simon received his PhD from the University of Essex, and since then, he's written 14 books, many of them friendly to a wider audience. This includes his most recent book Bowie, a philosophical look at the songs of David Bowie mixed with Simon's own recollections of how important Bowie was to him in his youth. Currently, Simon is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School in New York City.

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