things of little relevance

unproductive creativity
February 24, 2009, 10:25 am
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This article made me feel a little better about being awake at 3 a.m., still tinkering with my paper. But I guess I’m not so much a procrastinator as I am a slow worker/bad thinker. Also, unlike Leonardo’s notes in his “commonplace notebook,” my methods of procrastination should never be made public.

“If there is one conclusion to be drawn from the life of Leonardo, it is that procrastination reveals the things at which we are most gifted — the things we truly want to do. Procrastination is a calling away from something that we do against our desires toward something that we do for pleasure, in that joyful state of self-forgetful inspiration that we call genius.”

Note: W.A. Pannapacker is an associate professor of English at Hope College.


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