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The author of "Eat, Pray, Love," Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some big topics. Her fascinations: genius, creativity and how we get in our .

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I am a writer. Writing books is my profession but it's more than that, of course. It is also my great lifelong love and fascination. And I don't expect that that's ever going to change. But, that said, something kind of peculiar has happened recently in my life and in my career, which has caused me to have to recalibrate my whole relationship with this work. And the peculiar thing is that I recently wrote this book, this memoir called "Eat, Pray, Love" which, decidedly unlike any of my previous books, went out in the world for some reason, and became this big, mega-sensation, international bestseller thing.

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Elizabeth Gilbert. Photo: James Duncan Davidson. It sounds like a problem any writer would love to have, but to Gilbert, writing post- Eat Pray Love , seemed an impossible task. This fear brought Gilbert back to a familiar place: When she was in her twenties, what she wanted more than anything else was to be a writer. How did Gilbert find herself identifying so strongly with this failing person, so seemingly different in circumstance from her older self? She explains: Most of the time we experience life in the middle of the chain of human experience, but great success and failure catapult you in two opposite, yet equally far, directions — which wind up having the same psychological effect. And when that happens: Find your way back home as swiftly and smoothly as you can, Gilbert urges.

You have JavaScript disabled. Menu Main menu. Watch TED Talks. Search All results. Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters.

Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a premidlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of -- running off for a year. She's a longtime magazine writer -- covering music and politics for Spin and GQ -- as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her work has been the basis for two movies so far Coyote Ugly , based on her own tale of working at the famously raunchy bar in New York City , and Eat, Pray, Love , with the part of Gilbert played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off. In , Elizabeth published Committed , a memoir exploring her ambivalent feelings about the institution of marriage. In this excerpt from the brand-new podcast The TED Interview, the beloved writer tells us how she is learning to live with loss.



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