Monday, March 2, 2009

a new way to think about creativity

i have the day off from work for pulaski day, which is not a holiday i had ever heard of before moving to chicago. but it is important enough to cancel school and for sufjan stevens to write a really pretty song about. so, i am grateful for it, even though i don't really get it.



anyway, on this my day off, i discovered this little talk, in which elizabeth gilbert (author of eat pray love) discusses her creative process, addresses the unrealistic expectations we have of artists and "geniuses", and questions the idea that creativity and suffering are inextricably linked.



she also shares the idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius (you kind of have to watch to understand). she manages to be personal and vulnerable while still energizing a large crowd with her articulate and funny storytelling. definitely worth the 19 minutes.

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