Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, December 18, 2014

This article’s author discusses “one of the most foundational texts on creativity ever published,” pioneering psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 1996 book Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention — which sheds light on why “psychological androgyny” is essential to creative genius and is also a precious time-capsule of insights by some of the twentieth century’s most visionary artists, writers, and scientists, many no longer alive — spotlighting writer Madeleine L’Engle — a woman who started writing at the age of five and spent the remainder of her life daring to disturb the universe with her beloved children’s books, brimming with characters who emerge from hardship not embittered but emboldened to live with grace, compassion, and forgiveness. […read more]