Sunday, May 16, 2010

Advanced Genius Theory in the Wall StreetJournal

I wrote something for WSJ. I'll let them describe the premise:

People routinely argue the late-career output of brilliant artists like Bob Dylan or Steve Martin is inferior to their earlier work. Who could watch “Cheaper by the Dozen 2″ and think it’s as good as “The Jerk?” In his new book,”The Advanced Genius Theory” (Scribner), author Jason Hartley offers an intriguing defense, suggesting our creative heroes are so sophisticated we can’t understand their artistic intentions.
Intrigued, we asked Hartley to put his theory to the test and argue the merits of Paul McCartney’s “Freedom” — a 9/11 tribute song so trite it’s actually offensive.

Read why it isn't offensive at all!

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