Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas Are Born

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Drawing on interviews with 40 winners of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship—the so-called "genius awards"—the insightful study throws fresh light on the creative process.

In the tradition of The Creative Process, here is an absorbing look at creativity sure to be a perennial seller. Everyone from the budding entrepreneur to the weekend writer is looking for a great idea. But where do they come from? Denise Shekerjian interviewed 40 winners of the coveted MacArthur ...

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Overview

Drawing on interviews with 40 winners of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship—the so-called "genius awards"—the insightful study throws fresh light on the creative process.

In the tradition of The Creative Process, here is an absorbing look at creativity sure to be a perennial seller. Everyone from the budding entrepreneur to the weekend writer is looking for a great idea. But where do they come from? Denise Shekerjian interviewed 40 winners of the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowships--the "genius awards"--to uncover how they work and how they sneak up on great ideas. And Denise demonstrates how individuals can harness the creative spark in their own lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
This is a well-written, breezy, at times eloquent jaunt through the subject of creativity with 40 MacArthur award winners, including psychiatrist Robert Coles, art historian Henry Kraus, and conservationist Patrick Noonan. Sherkerjian, a former attorney and author of Competent Council , provides glimpses of the creative process in lively prose that both helps explain the work of the Fellows and illuminates for the rest of us the process-oriented, risky, unpredictable, and often frustrating conditions under which creative strides are made. For adult and young adult readers, something creative and hopeful.--Terry McMaster, Utica Coll. of Syracuse Univ. Lib., N.Y.
Booknews
Shekerjian interviewed forty winners of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships--the "genius awards"--to write this absorbing sometimes conversational, sometimes analytical guide to the creative process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140109863
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 818,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

In the Beginning
Part One
1. Talent and the Long Haul
2. Taking on Risk
3. Staying Loose
4. Setting Up the Conditions
5. Learning Through Doing
Part Two
6. Investing Your Work with a Vision
7. A Change of Perspective
8. A Shift in the Scenery
9. Sustaining Concentration and Drive
10. Encouraging Luck
11. The Harmony of Instinct and Judgment
Part Three
12. Despair and Isolation, Madness and Meanness
13. Building Resiliency
14. For the Love of It The Forty Fellows Acknowledgments Notes Index

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