Archives for October, 2012

Identity

Does Creativity Have An Expiration Date?

The late Jane Russell famously starred in “The Outlaw” in 1943. In 2006, at 84, she was singing Cole Porter songs in a review she helped create called “The Swinging Forties.”

Other examples of mature creators include these:

At 96 Martha Graham premiered her choreographed work The Maple Leaf Rag.

Sidney Sheldon wrote his last novel at about age 87.

Edward Albee won a Tony award for a new play in 2002, at age 75.

At 97,...
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Creative Thinking

Creative Passion or Just Doing What You Really Want

Passion can be a deep motivator for creative people, but being too concerned with "finding our passion" can be self-limiting.

“The presence of talent is not sufficient. Many people have more than one talent, and wonder what to do with them.”

Jane Piirto, adds in her book "Talented Children and Adults" that “A useful explanation comes from Socrates, who described the inspiration of the Muse… Carl Jung (1965) described the passion that engrosses; depth psychologist James...
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Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking: Imagine You Are Seven Again

The acclaimed fable The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery declares children are much wiser and more creative than many adults. Can we regain that creative vitality?

In a post on her Scientific American blog Literally Psyched, Maria Konnikova writes that de Saint-Exupery makes a "larger point about creativity and thought is difficult to overstate: as we age, how we see the world changes.

"It is the rare person who is able to hold on to...
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Identity

Lena Dunham on Creating From “The Parts of Me I Find The Most Shameful”

The acclaimed HBO series "Girls" was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series.

I have appreciated the perspectives of creator and star Lena Dunham on being multitalented, and on using many of her "neurotic" qualities (which we all have, after all) for writing about the lives of a group of young women in New York.

In a conversation with actor Claire Danes, Dunham talked about her creative work as actor and writer.

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Inspiration

Facing Our Demons And Creating – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]

Creative work reflects your state of mind

Painter Gayle Stott Lowry also talks about attending a program at the Lucy Daniels Foundation:

"I attended Lucy’s class on Dreams and Creativity, and during a presentation I made to the class about my work, I began to see that changes in my painting were paralleling my personal life and giving me direct feedback about my emotional state.

"My calm landscapes became more melancholy, lighting changed...
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Inspiration

Facing Our Demons And Creating

One of those cliches about creative expression is to "Write what you know." Maybe it can be expanded to "Create from what you know and who you are."

Lena Dunham is the creator, executive producer, and one of the stars of the HBO series "Girls" about four young women living in New York. She bases the acclaimed show on many of her own experiences.

In a newspaper interview, she was asked, "How do you manage an...
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Creative Thinking

Henry Miller on Escaping Into Painting and Rules of Creativity

Painter Robert Genn has noted that he and writer Henry Miller "had a correspondence and a bit of a friendship" in the sixties, and that when they met in Big Sur, "he was having a tough time. His Paris days were behind him.

"Now married to Janina Lepska and raising two young children, they were living in a low-cost holiday home among the trees.

"On the porch and on their kitchen table were some of...
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Maybe Gifted Underachievers Are More Creative

"Einstein is a classic example of a highly creative and highly gifted individual that did not do well in traditional school environments."

That is a quote in a research paper by Kyung Hee Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at The College of William and Mary.

She thinks "the cause of the underachievement of many gifted and talented students may be their creativity, which tends to clash with traditional school environments.

"Many gifted underachievers...
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Junot Diaz on Creative Thinking: The Critical Self and Play

Novelist Junot Díaz is a Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is "a writer whose finely crafted works of fiction offer powerful insight into the realities of the Caribbean diaspora, American assimilation, and lives lived between cultures."

From his Class of 2012 MacArthur Fellow profile page.

New York Times writer Sam Anderson recently interviewed him, and Diaz provides a number of helpful perspectives on creative expression, for any kind of...
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