Creativity: Conversations with 28 Who Excel

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"When I see a great short-order cook with grace and great economy of gesture," Gloria Steinem says in these pages, "I think that's taking a human endeavor to its peak." Others interviewed here offer less encompassing parameters to define the boundaries of creativity. CREATIVITY: Conversations with 28 Who Excel, however, does not resolve philosophical questions such as "What is creativity?" or "Who is an artist and how did they get that way?" Instead, acclaimed achievers from a remarkable spectrum of disciplines offer invaluable glimpses into
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Overview

"When I see a great short-order cook with grace and great economy of gesture," Gloria Steinem says in these pages, "I think that's taking a human endeavor to its peak." Others interviewed here offer less encompassing parameters to define the boundaries of creativity. CREATIVITY: Conversations with 28 Who Excel, however, does not resolve philosophical questions such as "What is creativity?" or "Who is an artist and how did they get that way?" Instead, acclaimed achievers from a remarkable spectrum of disciplines offer invaluable glimpses into private creative cauldrons. Their lessons and insights allow the reader to synthesize his or her own answers to the big questions. Or better yet, simply to enjoy. Here, for example, is screenwriter Frank Pierson explaining why he almost killed the classic line "What we have here is a failure to communicate" from his Cool Hand Luke script: "I looked at it and said, 'Oh shit, that's good.' But then my next thought was, 'This redneck can't say that.'" Or actor E. G. Marshall explaining how he disagreed with Woody Allen's direction in one Interiors scene: "But I did it his way because it was his idea. Ironically, it turned out that Ingmar Bergman praised that scene and praised me for doing it that way. That's why I always say I shouldn't put myself into the part. I should put the part into myself." Other masters from fields traditionally labeled as creative - literature, visual arts, music - give the reader similar views inside their professional lives. No businessmen or doctors are on the roster, but a renowned attorney reveals why preparing for the courtroom is like writing a play. A master chef illustrates how the astute gourmet's aesthetic judgment is clouded by childhood experiences at the dinner table. And a Hall of Fame baseball announcer suggests that a Southern tradition of storytelling helped him become a painter of vivid word pictures for millions of radio listeners. CREATIVITY is a learning experience but it is not
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  • ISBN-13: 9781879094116
  • Publisher: Momentum Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
JoAnne Akalaitis 1
Tony Bennett 17
David Brown 29
Eric Fischl & April Gornik 43
Morgan Freeman 61
Martin Garbus 71
Philip Glass 89
Carlin Glynn & Pete Masterson 107
Sheldon Harnick 125
Ernie Harwell 145
Al Hirschfeld 159
Anne Jackson & Eli Wallach 177
Judith Jamison 199
Balthazar Korab 213
Robert Krulwich 229
Elmore Leonard 245
Dr. Paul MacCready 259
E.G. Marshall 279
Frank Pierson 295
Jimmy Schmidt 315
Ntozake Shange 333
Kenneth Snelson 349
Gloria Steinem 365
Grant Tinker 381
Jimmy Webb 397
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