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Joshua Wolf Shenk argues for the dynamism of duos in 'Powers of Two'
Joshua Wolf Shenk argues for the dynamism of duos in 'Powers of Two'

Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk seems to be asking a good-natured, almost ingenuous question in his new book: Where does creativity come from? But in a time when creativity — and its corporate cousin, "innovation" — has become commodified and merchandised, these may be fighting words. Shenk's "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs" (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is already stirring up fascination and disapproval. Unlike books that look at muses or author's friendships, it doesn't simply consider a pair of creative figures. Rather, it sees the two-person collaboration as the essential creative act. ...

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