Elizabeth Gilbert – The Author Of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’
Has Been Thinking A Lot About Genius
Elizabeth Gilbert, writer and author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ has thought deeply about genius and creativity and how we get in our own way when it comes to both.
Although, I really tried to read “Eat, Pray Love’ when it first came out many years ago, I found it hard to stomach. The lead character struck me as an awful American stereotype.
That of a well manicured, privileged white lady steeped in self pity about her divorce whilst lounging in her Manhattan high rise. To soothe her angst she eats, prays and loves her way around beautiful foreign lands like any self respecting divorcee would do.
Elizabeth Gilbert herself does not come off so self centered. Although she does seem to ruminate on her success a fair amount. This is offset by the dowdy all black outfit she has on along with the I’ll-just-throw-it-up-in-a-half-assed-bun hairstyle.
She also strikes me as highly intelligent and a caring person… it’s just that it’s frustrating as a woman to see another woman not embrace herself and her success fully. Haven’t we seen enough of this?
Anyway, the TEDtalk she gives is definitely worth a listen. Especially, if you were a fan of her book.
Here is Elizabeth Gilbert musing on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and that being a genius is not as rare as we think. It’s funny, moving and personal.