Once upon a time i knew this student at SMU who took Calculus 4, just to see if he could do it. He was a genius. He was also slovenly and unkempt. And the one time i peered past his front door into his apartment, it was a trash-hoarding pigsty; literally black garbage bags and stacks of papers and boxes. It’s a fair generalization to make, that there’s a bit of madman or mental illness tied to genius, and even creativity.
The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness. I guess i should just call my dispositions mood swings then, since ‘mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity.’ Truth be told, one of the main reasons I know i’m doing exactly what i should be is that I’m more consistently happy, almost to the state of a mission-focused high.
Daily Rituals: How Artist Work This book is really interesting for all its quirky insights. From the noxious cigar smoking behavior of Mark Twain to the complete conversational shut-down of Picasso, the list includes includes Benjamin Franklin, Henri Matisse, Nikola Tesla, Stephen King, Twyla Tharp, Federico Fellini, Ann Beattie, Gustav Mahler, and Toni Morrison, etc…
This guy sounds kinda crazy but this is so poignant. ‘How did nuclear submarine Captain David Marquet take over the worst performing ship with the lowest moral in the US Navy and turn it into the highest graded ship ever?’
‘If you want people to think, give them intent not instruction.’ (there are quite a # of great one-liners)
Having a brilliant idea or an ‘ah ha!’ moment usually conjures the lightbulb image. I love this so much. There is always more insight to be had.