Genus, Part Deux

Recently minted Genius Alex Ross is releasing the paperback version of his book, The Rest Is Noise, sometime soonish.  On his website, he has posted a media glossary to accompany the text, including definitions and audio examples of arpeggio, microtonal, and tritone.

In this week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell (finally) publishes a piece in which he distinguishes early and late blooming geniuses.  The early bloomers engage in rapid production of fully realized work, while the late bloomers engage in long periods of research and study.  Both are found in the ranks of poets, and select examples are employed to argue they are found in fiction and Impressionist art, as well.  As I have come to expect, the argument uses a butter knife to cut cement, and so we get a very shallow insight into an interesting phenomenon.

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