Prodigies vs. Late Bloomers

October 22, 2008

A great article in the New Yorker called “Late Bloomers” concerning artistic genius. Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” at twenty-five. Herman Melville wrote a book a […]

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