Mike Lankord, Author Of Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View Of The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click To Here Mike Lankord "I found Mr. Lankford’s writing thought-provoking and Mr. Isaacson’s thought-stifling. Mr.Lankford proposes a great many insights...With immediacy and grace, Becoming Leonardo starts on a high note and gets better to the very end."—WALL STREET JOURNAL Why did Leonardo Da Vinci leave so many of his major works uncompleted? Why did this resolute pacifist build war machines for the notorious Borgias? Why did he carry the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went for decades, yet never quite finish it? Why did he write backwards, and was he really at war with Michelangelo? And was he gay? In a book unlike anything ever written about the Renaissance genius, Mike Lankford explodes [...]

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David Hallberg, Author Of A Body Of Work Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen David Hallberg David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world,” presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career. Beginning with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American story marred by intense bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s brave memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the [...]

Tom Sancton, Author Of The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Tom Sancton Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L’Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world’s richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she’s now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It’s a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city—and involving the most glamorous industry—in the world. The Bettencourt Affair started as a family drama but quickly became a massive scandal, uncovering L’Oréal’s shadowy corporate history and buried World War II secrets. From [...]

DrAlvin.Com Welcomes Natural Wonder To City Winery Nashville On Sunday August 27th At 7:30pm. See You There!

Natural Wonder According to the old idiom, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but some subjects worthy of flattery are not so easily imitated, and in the age of the tribute band, many a giant of the American songbook goes without authentic tribute simply because the original article set the bar a little too high. Such seems to be the case with Stevie Wonder, the genius of composition and unparalleled vocal and instrumental ability who, throughout his career, has had the backing of some of the most formidable musicians in the industry. When one considers the colossal talent that is Stevie Wonder–the limitless voice and boundless multi-instrumental skill–it’s no mystery as to why there [...]

Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience Complied By Shaun Usher chats with Dr. Alvin

Shaun Usher Click Here To Listen Live From The U.K. This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic.

How To Catch A Frog By Heather Ross chats with Dr. Alvin

Heather Ross Click Here To Listen Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. It also included equal parts of general dysfunction, a self-imposed but nearly inescapable poverty, and little exposure to basic life skills. When, as a twenty-something, Heather complained to her mother about a long list of things she had missed out on and that had compromised her chance of ever leading a “normal” life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority), [...]

The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus chats with Dr. Alvin

Erwin Raphael McManus Click Here To Listen In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus—author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles—pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves. McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order [...]