Elizabeth Gilbert is probably best known for the autobiographical book/movie Eat, Pray, Love. In my opinion, that was not her best work. Commercially successful, yes, but neither literary nor inspirational. People ask if she’s afraid she’ll never be able to top that mega-success. As if she should be terrified of ending her career ‘on a scrap heap of broken dreams with her mouth filled with the ash of bitter failure’. Gilbert admits that her best success probably is behind her, but she has come to grips with that. What is it specifically about creative ventures that make folks think we live in danger of becoming undone by our gifts? Why is anyone comfortable with the assumption that creativity will ultimately lead to anguish? Gilbert says: I…

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