The Creativity Paradox

When asked where he gets his ideas, writer Philip Pullman usually responds, “I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to, they come to my desk. If I’m not there, they go away again, so you’ve got to sit and think.” We’re all aware of the irony of the discipline required to accomplish great acts of creativity, but that doesn’t stop us from searching for shortcuts. Which explains the popularity of Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. Creative types have their own special species of productivity demons and distractions. (I’m not pointing fingers, gorgeous moleskin notebook.) So, strike while the iron’s hot and recommend these inspiring titles to your impatient creators.

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About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers."

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