Producer Brian Grazer stays curious and writes about how he does it

April 22, 2015 12:07 PM

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The restless Hollywood producer is scuttling down Sunset Boulevard on a recent afternoon, his research assistant behind the wheel, trying to make it to his son's baseball game after an interview with "Hardball's" Chris Matthews on the Universal lot. And even though he's not navigating the rush hour traffic himself, it's clear Grazer is in multi-task mode - he sometimes apologizes midstream when an answer meanders, wonders aloud about dinner reservations or mutters that he needs to make a note to himself to send an email to Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos.

But this seems strangely appropriate for a man whose career has been shaped by winding conversation. In his new book, "A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life" (Simon & Schuster: 320 pp., $25.99), Grazer chronicles a lifetime of talking to strangers in an attempt to expand his own capabilities; ...

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