In a New Book, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and More Mull Sex, Death—and Life

“It’s people that interest us,” says Sven Schumann, co-founder of The Talks, a blue-chip interview series he started with his childhood best friend Johannes Bonke in 2011. Over the last decade, The Talks has interviewed such creatives as Steve McQueen, LeBron James, Keira Knightly, and Tracee Ellis Ross, all of whom are featured in their recently released book, No Idea Is Final: Quotes From the Creative Voices of Our Time, a compendium of their favorite quotes from more than 400 interviews.

The book, released with Phaidon Press, is topically ordered, with chapters including Age, Failure, Rebellion, Time, Youth, Sex and Death.

Emma Stone discusses her thoughts on death in an excerpt from ‘No Idea Is Final.’

Schumann and Bonke first launched The Talks after noticing that only a slice of their interviews would appear in publications like GQ and Rolling Stone.

Javier Bardem's quote on death featured in ‘No Idea Is Final.’