Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius

This link was referred by Mark Gilmore. Thanks. Mark. Thanks TED.

Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a ­premidlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of – running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the mega-bestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home.

She’s a longtime magazine writer – covering music and politics for Spin and GQ – as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for one movie so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own memoir, in this magazine article, of working at the famously raunchy bar), and now it looks as if Eat, Pray, Love is on the same track, with the part of Gilbert reportedly to be played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.

Gilbert also owns and runs the import shop Two Buttons in Frenchtown, New Jersey.


2 Comments on Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius

  1. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for sharing the power of your observations with me thru this TED production.

    The worm hole of creativity truly does have ears, how divine!

  2. Good , I think I will definitely subscribe

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