Catch Your Creativity by the Tail

February 12, 2009

In the video below, Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" gives an 18 minute talk for Ted.com on creativity and genius. This talk is very entertaining while she makes her point that genius is not something that originates in the individual. I was particularly taken by this talk because she refers to a kind of dialogue with the source of inspiration, which seems like the kind of dialogue I have written about before in this blog- here and here.

                      http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

Her ideas challenge in significant ways the way we think about genius and creativity and the expectations we put on ourselves and those we expect to be creative. Compare this with the earlier video from Ted.com of Amy Tan on the same subject. 

What are your reactions to this?

One Response to “Catch Your Creativity by the Tail”

  1. Sandy Says:

    Thought-provoking and evocative and funny. Makes me want to read her book – Eat, Pray, Love…which I’ve been dissing b/c of it’s huge success and everyone talking about it, etc. It also helps put some perspective for me on the work I do in schools and the things there that are really important and the stuff that really isn’t.


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