Uncommon Genius

Denise Shekerjian, Author Viking Books $17.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-670-83153-1
Poets John Ashbery and Joseph Brodsky, ecologist Lester Brown, psychiatrist Robert Coles, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, filmmakers John Sayles and Frederick Wiseman, writers Brad Leithauser and Ved Mehta, woodworker Sam Maloof and comic Bill Irwin are among the 40 MacArthur fellows who discuss the subject of creativity with Shekerjian ( Competent Counsel ), who proves to be an effective interviewer and catalyst. They express their thoughts about talent and genius, instinct and judgment; the effects of despair, isolation and madness; and the importance of inspiration, drive and discipline, learning through doing, taking advantage of luck, ``staying loose'' and building resiliency. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-14-010986-3
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