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Elizabeth Gilbert: A Different Way to Think About Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert: A Different Way to Think About Creative Genius

by Elizabeth Gilbert


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Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert examines the way society looks at artists and the way artists look at themselves in this TED talk. She feels that the creative people should view their work as channeling God's creative gift to them rather than as their own personal creative genius. And she hopes such a shift might prevent some of the madness and self-destruction that occurs in so many of our modern artists.


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

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Thank you and Ole!
Reviewer mzadragon
 March 05, 2013
Dear Ms. Gilbert,
I have never read any of your books, but I have just finished watching your 09 speech from TED talks and I must say from the first moment I was completely entranced by your wit and your charm. As an aspiring writer myself, your words proved timely and inspirational. Despite my rational skepticism, which would explain the phenomenon of creative genius in an entirely different manner, you offered a way of seeing this experience from a perspective that my intuitive mind recognizes as an authentic reflection of how we perceive this ephemeral and elusive daemon we call creativity. I have long struggled in trying to entice my own fickle muse so that I may harness her and milk her fairy juices for my own ends; a frustrating and often futile endeavor. But now I will heed your advice and show up for my part of the job, and leave it her as to whether she she will deign to grace me with her presence.
Thank you and Ole!

Humilty is a gift
Reviewer jlc
 December 07, 2009
I really respect the point of view expressed in this piece. The author's humilty is beautiful and multi-dimensional. Thanks to LOL for sharing.

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