Media - Features

July 25, 2019 - Give it to You Straight - Buzz Magazine Feature

Houston magazine Buzz featured Lois for her recent book awards. The Telling Image won first place in non-fiction at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as gold medals from Nautilus Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards.

July 25, 2019 - How Culture Shapes Your World - Houston Chronicle

Read an interview with Lois at the Houston Chronicle on her recent book awards.

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February 18, 2018 - Interview with KRBE's "Around H-Town" 

Lois is a Houston native and was interviewed by local radio show "Around H-Town" about her book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times. Listen in: 

February 14, 2018 - Kirkus Review of The Telling Image

The physical contours of technology, architecture, and settlement intertwine with humanity’s understanding of society and the universe, according to this debut photo essay.

In this lavishly illustrated coffee-table tome, Stark, a documentary filmmaker, pairs photos of highly patterned buildings, cities, tools, and diagrams with commentary on the zeitgeist that allegedly birthed them. . . 

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February 6, 2018 - Lois' book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times is Available for Purchase! 

How do humans make sense of the world? In answer to this timeless question, award winning documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, takes the reader on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China. Drawing on her experience as a global explorer, Stark unveils a crucial, hidden key to understanding the universe: Shape itself.

January 30, 2018 - In the Limelight with Clarissa Burt Interview

Lois was interviewed by Clarissa Burt! Listen in: 

January 22, 2018 - Fussfactory Interviews Lois for #SparkChamber

Where do ideas come from?

Ideas pack tightly in our mind, with their hands raised, waiting to be called on. They wave their hands wildly just after you wake, in a shower, driving alone, looking out the window, or when you straightforwardly ask in a polite tone for them to reveal themselves....

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January 16th, 2018 - Blue Ink Review of The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Lois Farfel Stark argues in her new illustrated book, The Telling Image, that the shapes a society imposes upon its environment, in its structures and images, are indicative of the way it organizes and views the world.

Stark, a former documentary filmmaker for NBC News, was trained, she writes, “to look for the telling image – a picture that gives “the essence of the story.” She brings her keen eye to bear on her hypothesis, offering examples of how shapes reveal a society’s orientation. For instance, she notes that the circular placement of Native American teepees and the ringed perimeter of the Masai’s settlements in Kenya reflect societies influenced by the sun and moon’s cyclical patterns. The living arrangement also indicates a connection to nature and equality and reliance between tribe members...

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January 2nd, 2018 - Five Star Review for The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times at Foreword Reviews! 

Lois Farfel Stark’s The Telling Image is a wondrous and sweeping book that accomplishes a seemingly impossible task: making sense of the history—and future—of humanity and the universe.

By pinpointing the dominant shape of a period, Stark reveals the global mindset of a particular time and shows how it is essential to understanding, recognizing, and predicting globally shifting value systems. Four major shapes—the web, the ladder, the helix, and the torus—are at once symbolic and tangible, traceable motifs through time... 

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November 27th, 2018 - Interview with Nick Lawrence of Straight Talk

Lois was interviewed by Nick Lawrence of Straight Talk & WEEU Radio. Listen in!

November 8th, 2017 - Press Release: Announcing The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

In her new book, The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times (Greenleaf, Feb. 2018), Stark unveils a stunning synthesis of her experience filming in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Cuba as a producer and writer for NBC Network News. As Stark explains, to think out of the box, you have to know the box you are in. Illustrated with a series of captivating photos, including originals by Stark, The Telling Image takes readers on a remarkable journey through time and place, from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to Dubai and China -- where a hotel built in the shape of an upright ring upends all expectations.

April 11, 2017 - Quartz Article: "To understand the genius of Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, and Mark Zuckerberg, just look at their desks"

Desks have long been the home of the mind: an intimate space where you figure out what you think. Desk spaces have changed through the years to accommodate different styles and types of work, and the recent trend toward co-working also represents a change in the nature of the workplace...

January 20, 2017 - Quartz Article - "Childhood landscapes influence the way we lead—so what does Queens say about Trump?"

The geography of our childhood helps shape our understanding of the world. The place where we grow up is the starting point of our identity and perception, our first context for reality..


December 13, 2016 - TEDxSMU video live on YouTube - "Shape: Hiding in Plain Sight." 

How do humans make sense of the world? Look at how we shape it. The shape of shelters, sacred sites, social systems reveals how a culture sees the world. Read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift.

November 15, 2016 - Culture News interview and Podcast feature

Lois was featured on The Culture News in an interview with David Serero discussing her upcoming Ted Talk and the ideas in her forthcoming book.