— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic (p. 247)
One of my favorite TED talks is Gilbert’s Your elusive creative genius, which was recorded in February 2009. If you possess even a shred of interest in the subject of creativity, you will benefit from watching her 19-minute talk. Elizabeth Gilbert is such a dear, genuine, and inspiring figure. One day I hope to meet her.
— Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (1855 edition), lines 466-467
Regardless of your feelings about poetry, I think you can’t help but smile when one of America’s most pioneering literary voices admits that he is not all unicorns and rainbows. In his free-verse epic “Song of Myself,” Whitman readily acknowledges his mischievous dark side, too. The phrase “poet of wickedness” is delightfully sinister.
— Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (1855 edition), lines 1314-1316
(My thanks go to MH for gifting me a beautiful hardbound copy of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Several years after its receipt, it still stands proudly on my bookshelf.)