A Curious Mind

A Curious Mind

The Secret to A Bigger Life

Book - 2015 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
From Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes a brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly "curiosity conversations" that have inspired Grazer to create some of America's favorite and iconic movies and television shows-from 24 to A Beautiful Mind .

For decades, film and TV producer Brian Grazer has scheduled a weekly "curiosity conversation" with an accomplished stranger. From scientists to spies, and adventurers to business leaders, Grazer has met with anyone willing to answer his questions for a few hours. These informal discussions sparked the creative inspiration behind many of Grazer's movies and TV shows, including Splash , 24 , A Beautiful Mind , Apollo 13 , Arrested Development , 8 Mile , J. Edgar , Empire , and many others.

A Curious Mind is a brilliantly entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us. Whether you're looking to improve your management style at work or you want to become a better romantic partner, this book-and its lessons on the power of curiosity-can change your life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476730752
Branch Call Number: 153.8 Gra
Characteristics: xv, 300 pages
Additional Contributors: Fishman, Charles 1961-- Author


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 07, 2018

Memoirs of a Celeb Hound? Pompous, repetitious (count the number of times 'curiosity' appears in certain pages...) and Ooooodles of name droppings (Oprah! Diana! etc.). Hahaha when author was dismissed by Sir Isaac Asimov and his wife in less than 10 minutes for being unworthy of one his 'curiosity conversations'. Strip off the chop suey and you might get a 20-page DIY book on how to be constructively inquisitive, be on the ball with it and make something out of it in life.

Jul 01, 2016

A tough read to get through because the author's infamous "curiosity conversations" are scheduled from a place of immense privilege and power. He even admits that some power players and headline makers take meetings with him in the hopes of having a movie made about them.

I agree with the author's conclusions on the power of curiosity, but found the book really tough to read.

Oct 27, 2015

I really liked this book. While I'm not familiar with Brian Grazer, I have watched his movies. I went into this book thinking it would be another Hollywood blowhard. I was pleasantly surprised. I love reading about actors/actresses and their real lives. Not Kardashian-scripted "real lives". These were real conversations with people Grazer actually knew and worked with. A refreshing side of Hollywood. Charles Fishman's wiring is superb.

Jun 04, 2015

It was the title of the book that drew me to it; and in that sense it was a disappointment. Grazer talks extensively about his propensity to ask questions and how it served him in his career and perhaps even in his life. I'm not so sure the strategies mentioned will work for others. The book started off well with a quote from Einstein : "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."Yes, Einstein's curiosity did indeed serve him well.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Oct 27, 2015

lisatofts thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99


Add a Quote
Oct 27, 2015

"The variety in my work (and my life) comes from curiosity. It is the tool I use to search out different kinds of characters and stories than I would be able to make up on my own. Some people can dream up a person. I have to meet someone like that in person. To see how the world looks like from his perspective, I have to sit in the same room with him. I have to ask him questions for myself and not only hear how he answers, but see how the expression on his face changes as he answers." (47)


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top