Wednesday, March 08, 2006
There's a piece on NPR about Gordon Parks, who just died. I've been in some awe of Parks ever since watching the A&E Biography of him a few years ago and pondering just how many things he did. Our modern culture is overly concerned with specialization and we constantly send the message to the public that you can only do or be good at one thing. But Parks was successful at photography, writing, composing, directing film and more. You could just classify him as a renaissance man, but the truth is that creative people are often creative across the board. And it must have kept him young, because he was still looking great at 93.