Preselling “Creativity: The Perfect Crime”

Over the years, I’ve been a part of art groups that have tackled Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. So when I saw Philippe Petit’s Creativity: The Perfect Crime compared to The Artist’s Way, I was instantly on alert. I write my morning pages with the best of them, but I knew this was not a typical book about creativity after reading the first two sentences of the introduction: “Make no mistake. I frown upon books about creativity.”

Petit is a tightrope walker, magician, street-juggler, and self-proclaimed outlaw. He’s best known for an illegal tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. This new book isn’t a typical “how-to” look at creativity, but instead he invites readers along on his journey of creative mastery.

PBS featured Petit’s World Trade Center walk on American Experience and there are some interesting facts housed on their website. But to gain a better understanding about Petit’s philosophy on Creativity, watch his TED talk (above) from February 2012.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay