Renunciation as a Creative Force

Ross Posnock on how artists and writers use acts of abandonment to fuel their work

January 15, 2016

Renunciation can be a creative force. American scholar Ross Posnock tells stories of writers, philosophers and artists who've committed "acts of abandonment", leaving careers and creative lives behind.  They weren't failures, Posnock says -- they were necessary departures that led to creative and intellectual breakthroughs.