Thursday, August 20, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert: Inspiration, Creativity, and Sequels

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love is putting out a "sequel" of sorts in January 2010 called Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage (see NYTimes) and I have to admit that I'm looking forward to it.

I was originally skeptical about the Eat, Pray, Love hype (I'm a true pop culture cynic, what can I say) but picked it up last summer, read it, and loved it. Did it change my life? No. Did it speak to me? Yes. Am I going to follow the same path/search she did? No. However, I think she makes it clear in many of discussions about the book and her experiences, that this was never the intention. Fame being fame, of course people have tried to emulate her experience...

That said, the fact that her 2nd personal memoir book is coming out in Jan, months after my wedding, strikes me as fitting on a very personal level. I'm looking forward to processing my own post wedding sentiments and reading about her own thoughts at the same time. Will they be the same, probably not. But I'm looking forward to viewing the issue through her perspective because I find her writing to be quite inspirational and thought provoking (which is, in my opinion, a high compliment). In case you haven't seen in and are in need of a little inspiration on the nature of creativity, check out her TED presentation:

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