Thursday, February 12, 2009

TED Talk: Elizabeth Gilbert on Genius

Give yourself the space of 20 minutes to watch this TED lecture from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love.

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.

In her discussion, she describes the creative process for poet Ruth Stone. Without saying too much, as someone who studied with Ruth years ago, the description of how a poem moves through her is pretty accurate.

Lastly, I’m a huge fan of the TED series. In a fit of sleeplessness, I was able to watch the lecture on my iPhone because there’s a handy little TED app now available. Very cool.


~ said...


Loved this! Thanks for sharing it.


Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Thanks, thanks for this! Happy Valentine's Day!

maureenpoetryblog said...

i really enjoyed watching this!

and i know what you mean about hating to read books everyone has read. i had the pleasure of reading this one (gilbert's) early on so i didn't have to be stubborn about it. but i have been stubborn about the da vinci code. :)

Goodnight, Mom said...

I loved this book. Hope you're enjoying it.

fearfullymade said...

Awesome talk! I just discovered TED recently and agree that it is an amazing series of talks! Thanks for sharing!


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