This week we talk to Jesse Browner
Jesse Browner is the author of the novels The Uncertain Hour and Everything Happens Today. His latest book is the memoir How Did I Get Here: Making Peace with the Road Not Taken.
Browner has also translated books by Jean Cocteau, Paul Eluard and Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as Frédéric Vitoux’s award-winning Céline: A Biography. More recently, he translated Matthieu Ricard’s Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill and Frédéric Mitterrand’s The Bad Life.
His freelance writing includes contributions to Nest magazine, Food & Wine, Gastronomica, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Salon.com, Slate.com and others.
In This Interview, Jesse Browner and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- His new book, How Did I Get Here? Making Peace with the Road Not Taken
- That in our “unlived lives” we are always happier and more fulfilled
- Making peace with the choices we’ve made in our lives
- How to approach the question, “what if” by asking instead, “what is”
- That the most persistent monkey on an artists back is happiness
- The belief that happiness whitewashes all the things that makes us unique
- Bet on the likelihood that you’re not a genius and that you can make meaning in your life in other ways than your art
- Why bet against yourself?
- To work hard at something you love: you’ll be the best you can
- His life’s motto: Work and Love
- How he’s been called “the angry Buddhist” by his children
- The importance of and remedy in being more deeply involved in the life you have