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The year before my startup was bought for $160 million, I pushed so hard to be an artist that I fell homeless for the second time in my life. And set five world records. Over one summer, I collected 10,000 questions from visitors to my art project, a traveling outdoor kiosk. I responded to most of the questions by hand, from a novel, secular, and practical philosophy of turning action into power and using the head to outwit the heart when we love or cry too much.
Spanning April to October, 2009, the book fuses memoir, advice-giving, and photography into a single book, as the artist’s installation, the kiosk called Wheel Questions, tours urban sidewalks and festivals including Book Expo America and is seen by more than 500,000 people of all ages. In its chapters, I climb the campus dome at MIT, am flown to a movie set by a Hollywood producer, am rushed twice to the hospital, rescue a woman from rape, and build the first Internet-enabled hot tub. I also fill in as emergency band manager for a 10,000-seat concert, stuff an office to the top with balloons, lose 125 pounds going through a divorce, win a national robot competition, sign a $3 million deal with Microsoft, and ask a room of Nobel Laureates about the meaning of life, all while meeting and advising thousands of people with soul burning questions.
These tensions bind the diverse advice topics of Soulburners: 10,000 Secret Questions and My Race to Answer Them All into a memoir. The book offers readers inspiration, motivation, and peace of mind.
I am seeking a publisher and hope the book to be available in 2011.
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