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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Late Bloomers and Prodigies

Read Malcolm Gladwell's October article in the New Yorker for lots of reasons. The list of Top Ten poems. Picasso. Cezanne. Stay-at-home Dads. Art patrons. Haiti. But the true theme of the piece is the difference between early starters and late bloomers.

The C├ęzannes of the world bloom late not as a result of some defect in character, or distraction, or lack of ambition, but because the kind of creativity that proceeds through trial and error necessarily takes a long time to come to fruition.

I think he's also writing about not giving up. A good thought for the New Year.

1 comment:

Joan P Partridge said...

This has not worked before, but I'll try again!