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I am one of zillions who really enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love” and am now excited that her next book is coming soon. Yay. This one, a recent interview with her in the New York Times tell us, is about marriage: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage.

She wrote this after scrapping 500 pages of a new book that she decided was just not right–a publishing move that takes serious chutzpah. She said something interesting:

Ms. Gilbert said she never could read the first draft in its entirety. She identified the problem as a clash of two voices: one, “an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ hangover,” — the chatty, witty tone that earned Ms. Gilbert her good reviews and loyal fans — and the other, “more sober and considered and confident and mature.”

That makes total sense to me–traversing the area between the new self and the old self, where you’re more of a two-color swirl instead of a fully integrated new color. And it seems really brave and self-care-full of her to then take six months off the book and resume. Inspired as usual.

I’ve posted her TED talk on creative genius here before, but thought it made sense to trot out again, because it is so damn good.

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