Creativity: Powers of Two

May 8, 2015

 

Forget what you think you know about creativity being the domain of the solitary genius. The writer Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's a myth that's outlived its usefulness. In his book Powers of Two, Shenk looks at hundreds of creative duos -- like John Lennon and Paul McCartney or Marie and Pierre Curie -- to understand what he calls the "electrified space" of their partnership. Friday, Shenk joins us to explain how these creative connections work, and why two heads really are better than one.

Joshua Wolf Shenk is the author of Lincoln's Melancholy [Indiebound|Amazon] and his new book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs  [Indiebound|Amazon]. He's also curator of the Arts in Mind series on art and mental health, and a member of The Moth's General Council.