Hundreds gather for PEN America gala, hosted by Awkwafina
PEN America held one of New York’s first major indoor literary gatherings since the pandemic began last year, as hundreds met Tuesday night for the organization’s annual gala to honor writers, community servants, political dissidents and such prominent public figures as Walt Disney executive chair Robert A.
Book excerpt: Walter Isaacson's "The Code Breaker"
Read the excerpt below, and don't miss correspondent David Pogue's interview with Isaacson and Doudna on "CBS Sunday Morning" March 7! This was the moment, Doudna recalls, that she realized her world, and the world of science, had changed. The first team that Doudna assembled was given the job of creating a coronavirus testing lab. In launching an effort to find new tests to detect the coronavirus, Doudna was opening another front in her fierce but fruitful struggle with a cross-country competitor. Excerpted from "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race" by Walter Isaacson.cbsnews.com
"The Code Breaker": Jennifer Doudna and how CRISPR may revolutionize mankind
When Jennifer Doudna won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last year, there was no black-tie ceremony in Sweden. If you were looking at it in my lab, you would see a tube of colorless liquid," Doudna said. His latest, "The Code Breaker" (published by Simon & Schuster, part of ViacomCBS), is about Jennifer Doudna and her work on CRISPR. Simon & SchusterSince Doudna published her paper in 2012, a lot's been going on in the world's CRISPR labs. READ A BOOK EXCERPT: "The Code Breaker" by Walter IsaacsonFor more info:Story produced by Mark Hudspeth.cbsnews.com
Charles Yu novel, Malcolm X bio win National Book Awards
NEW YORK – Charles Yu's “Interior Chinatown,” a satirical, cinematic novel written in the form of a screenplay, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Tamara Payne and her father the late Les Payne's Malcolm X biography, “The Dead Are Arising,” was cited for nonfiction and Kacen Callender's “King and the Dragonflies” for young people's literature. The traditional dinner ceremony is the nonprofit National Book Foundation's most important source of income and is usually held at Cipriani Wall Street, where publishers and other officials pay thousands of dollars for tables or individual seats. The scholar Manning Marable died right before the 2011 publication of “Malcolm X,” which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and receive a National Book Award nomination. This is a story you should try to tell.”Winners in each of the competitive categories receive $10,000, and other finalists $1,000, with the money divided equally between the author and translator for best translated book.
Walter Isaacson, a participant in Pfizer's Covid vaccine trial, describes what it's like
Author and former CNN and Time leader Walter Isaacson, who is a participant in Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine trial, told CNBC on Monday that he was thrilled to learn of the strong efficacy data announced by the pharmaceutical giant. And I feel really great for the country and the world and for Pfizer," Isaacson said on "Squawk Box." Isaacson, a history professor at Tulane University in New Orleans and the former editor of Time magazine, said he applied online in July to join Pfizer's vaccine trial. "She said, 'I'm not sure you'd be able to tell the difference, but we just want to be sure,'" Isaacson said. Bourla told CNBC he's incredibly grateful for all the trial participants who signed up without assurance that the vaccine would be safe and effective.cnbc.com
Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down here's what to watch now
Walter Isaacson, Perella Weinberg Partners advisory partner, said Iger will act in a different capacity as executive chairman. "What's particularly interesting in this transition is Bob Iger saying he's going to spend the next year and a half or however long it is being an executive chairman focused mainly on creative. He came in not as the creative person. He came in as a business suit so to speak in the Hollywood jargon. I think Bob Iger has great taste, he has great fingertip feel for both television and stars but he's not one of these Hollywood people who is known as the creative product person so it'll be interesting to see that he decided to cast himself in that role for the next year and a half."cnbc.com
Steve Jobs: 'Technology is nothing'here's what he said it really takes to achieve great success
It's been eight years since Steve Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, but his lessons about life, work and success still live on today. He taught them to focusAfter his return to Apple, Jobs would take his top employees on annual retreats. "Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do," Jobs told Isaacson. According to Isaacson, Jobs believed in the power of in-person conversations and always preferred face-to-face meetings. "There's a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat," he told Isaacson.cnbc.com
WeWork CEO comes under pressure four experts weigh in
WeWork's public debut looks even more tenuous with CEO Adam Neumann's future in question. Four experts weigh in on what it means for WeWork's future. Kamran Ansari, venture partner at Greycroft, says this situation is different from when Uber ousted founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick. This is on the eve of going public. "He's the right person right now to launch a company that's going to be transformative.cnbc.com
In moments of anger, Steve Jobs was highly critical of Tim Cook, says biographer Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson, author of the 2011 "Steve Jobs" biography, on Monday revealed to a greater extent the pointed criticism that Jobs had about Tim Cook, whom he handpicked as Apple CEO before his death. "In my book, Steve says how Tim Cook can do everything, and then he looked at me and said, 'Tim's not a product person.'" On "Squawk Box," Isaacson said that Jobs in interviews for the book went further than that. Isaacson's biography was published on Oct. 24, 2011 19 days after Steve Jobs died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Cook and Apple were not immediately available to respond to CNBC's request for comments on the Isaacson interview.cnbc.com
"The Innovators": People and ideas behind digital revolution
"The Innovators": People and ideas behind digital revolution Following his best-selling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson's new book "The Innovators" focuses on the men and women who created the computer and the Internet. Isaacson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss those behind the digital revolution.cbsnews.com
Walter Isaacson on the traits of technology's "Innovators"
Walter Isaacson on the traits of technology's "Innovators" Author and journalist Walter Isaacson has returned to the high-flying world of tech geniuses in his new book, "The Innovators." Rita Braver catches up with Isaacson for a fascinating look at the geniuses who did nothing less than change the world.cbsnews.com