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Elizabeth Gilbert on Redefining Creative "Genius"

I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than watching this TED talk by author Elizabeth Gilbert, on “Nurturing Creativity.” Eat Pray Love is simply one of my favorite books of all time, and an inspiration. And it turned out that her TED talk was, in a way, a bridge between Eat Pray Love and her upcoming book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage (which I’m highly anticipating, or as Gilbert wryly noted, perhaps over-anticipating) as she talked about the “freakish success” that Eat Pray Love was and the external pressures that not just herself, but all creative individuals are under to to constantly pump out works of genius. In searching for a way to create a healthier distance between artists and the darker, often destructive side of creativity (“manic depression,” “overinflated egos,” etc.) Gilbert looked to history and discovered a different working theory about “genius” that is humble, yet divine.

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Anthony Rapp Talk on Rent and LGBT in the Arts!

rent-posterI got to hear Anthony Rapp give a speech today!!

Who is Anthony Rapp, you might ask, and does the above statement really warrant two exclamation marks?

Well, Anthony Rapp was one of the original cast members of Rent, the musical – he played the role of Mark Cohen. As Rent is one of my favorite musicals ever (and I did not plan or expect to go to hear him speak today), my excitement was tremendous. And when I found out through this event that he and Adam Pascal (another original cast member) was on tour for Rent and they would be performing at the Warner Theater until May 31st, my excitement meter simply went through the roof. Needless to say I’ve purchased tickets for a Saturday performance. It’ll be my third watching of the show, and I can’t wait!

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