David Macauley’s TEDTalk

In class last week, Erin presented her seminar on Picture Books for Teens.  One of the books she brought in was David Macauley’s Rome Antics.  I was so excited to see the book because I watched a TEDTalk last year with David Macauley in which he explained the process of creating the book.  (From the TED website: “David Macaulay relives the winding and sometimes surreal journey toward the completion of Rome Antics, his illustrated homage to the historic city.”)  The talk is incredibly interesting and quite funny.  He doesn’t talk about the book in terms of its audience, so the video doesn’t directly relate to our discussion about teen reading material, but I think you will find it appealing nonetheless.  Here’s the link to David Macauley’s TEDTalk: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/david_macaulay_s_rome_antics.html

For those who haven’t come across TED before, it is amazing!  TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is an annual conference held in California.  It’s all about encouraging great ideas, and showcasing the creativity and enthusiasm of “thinkers and doers” from around the world.  TED’s tagline is “Ideas worth spreading”.  TEDTalks are lectures given by these thinkers and doers on every topic imaginable.  You can watch them online, or download them onto your iPod (I love watching TEDTalks on the bus).    

Here’s a link to TED’s website: http://www.ted.com/index.php/

And one to TEDTalks: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by erin26809 on February 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    What a great video, thanks for sharing the link! I love what he said at the very end there, about completing the ‘cycle of understanding’, that really nails it – and does kind of fit into what I was thinking about in terms of levels of understanding in his books – there’s so much going on in his work!

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