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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.

May 22, 2014


On today's show, I talk to writer Heidi Julavits. Originally from Portland, Maine, Heidi is a professor at Columbia and the author of four fantastic books: The Mineral Palace, The Effect of Living Backwards, The Uses of Enchantment, and most recently The Vanishers, which was published in 2012. As well, her short stories have been published in periodicals like McSweeney's, Esquire and Harper's. Heidi is also the co-founder and co-editor of one of the best magazines around The Believer, which is published my McSweeney's.

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