WHEN ‘PARADE’ MAGAZINE ASKED JULIA ROBERTS what she’d do with a year off, she said the equivalent of “stay home.” Me, too. I nevertheless greatly admire and even identify with the work of world-traveling Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame (although the book of hers I have loved best so far is “The Last American Man,” if you have not read it). I just don’t want any airline tickets, you know? My appreciation of Gilbert’s work was affirmed in 2009 when I first heard her TED Conference talk, on nurturing creativity. Truer words were never spoken, and then some. I thought everybody had seen this video, but the other night at a holiday dinner, I mentioned I’d re-watched it as part of kicking off the New Year–and a new book I’m starting–right…and got some blank looks.
By the way, you’ll notice that my slowly emerging blogroll here on “the book website” includes Gilbert’s talk, plus other links to the rich, must-visit TED archive of talks. And many things non-TED, of course–but that archive is a favorite haunt for me when I am “stuck” or need invigoration. What’s yours?
(Learn more about the non-profit TED–“riveting talks by remarkable people free to the world”–and its conferences and video archives on the TED site.)