Roald Dahl believed that physical illness powers creativity. It’s a perplexing proposition, but the diaries of celebrated artists, writers, scientists, and inventors are strewn with accounts of how fever-induced creative revelations — perhaps because fever shakes off the chronic constraints of the conscious mind, sparking a sort of openness that enlarges the locus of ideation and broadens the field of creative vision.
I read the Patti Smith bio when it came out - absolutely superb book. Perfect reminder from one of my favorite bloggers - Maria Popova, the force behind Brain Pickings.
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