What is it about an other that can be so… well, whatever you wouldn’t come up with yourself? When it comes to creativity — making something new whether on canvas, with sound, in writing, or out of clay – most people work alone. It’s a solitary life, the way of an artist, isn’t it? Then again, maybe not.
When I read Joshua Wolf Shenk’s Atlantic piece about the creative collaboration of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, I admit feeling a mix of envy, nostalgia, and gratitude. What a partnership those guys had! But it’s not easy to come by. Psychologist Susan K. Perry parses the ingredients. Others like Bob Kodzis, who observes the power of difference as well as basic trust, weigh in on how.