Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Having Genius vs. Being Genius

My experience of giving birth to a creative work typically includes long stretches of concerted effort punctuated by periods of both blissful rapture and excruciating despair. In the video below, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert shares some thought-provoking insights on how we might reframe our perception of the creative process to reduce its personally-destructive aspects.


  1. The timeliness of this is uncanny. And I *so* relate to the Tom Waits story...usually always when I'm driving a creative spark appears. I love his response to it. Consciousness, creativity, life...the whole bundle is not flat, and it's definitely more powerful, unknowable than culture allows it to be. It simply, complexily must be more than one dimensional...whether or not we can know that or prove that. Just has to be. Bravo.

  2. That is the best talk I have heard in a long time. Thank you so much for sharing this video.



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