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Bruce Springsteen In The New Yorker

“Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up
And go racing in the street”

- Bruce Springsteen (Racing In The Street)

Calling fans of Bruce Springsteen:  Check out this profile  by David Remnick from the New Yorker.

If you haven’t read it yet, here’s three great reasons to do so.

Reason #1: You’re a Springsteen fan

I’m an ardent Springsteen fan and an avid bibliophile.  So when I say that Remnick’s piece is among the finest writing about Springsteen anywhere, hopefully I’ve got some cred.

Reason #2: You’re a fan of great writing

David Remnick is the editor of the New Yorker and one of the finest American essayists of our time.  This article is one of his best ever.  Just brilliant.

Reason #3: You’re looking to achieve greatness or mastery in your profession (or passion)

Conscious and intentional greatness in almost every realm is marked by an absolute clarity of purpose, as  Nietzsche, Viktor Frankl, Tony Robbins and  Simon Sinek  have emphasized in their own ways.

Springsteen’s clarity regarding his WHY is unbelievable.  This article explains what really drives him, what’s behind the intensity and the passion, the sweat and the tears he puts into each live performance and album even today, 40 years later, better than anything else.  And each of us, in our own little ways, can draw some inspiration from the Boss.

Added bonus :

1) Springsteen fans will love this keynote at South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2012 – for its insights and even more so, for the level of thoughtfulness and intelligence.

2)  A gem for bibliophiles, Gay Talese’s celebrated article on another musical icon - Frank Sinatra Has A Cold - among the most famous pieces of journalism of the last 50 years.  The Esquire editors selected this as the  best story Esquire had ever published in its 70 years.

If that doesn’t excite you, then I’m afraid nothing will.

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