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Thursday, Sep 10, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Ron Rosenbaum
Slate (9 September 2009)

“I’ve been thinking about the question of genius lately. I received an invite to an early screening of Richard Linklater’s new film, Me and Orson Welles, which is in one sense a meditation on genius. It re-creates a turning point in Welles’ rise to genius-dom: his triumphant struggle to put his sensationally received Mercury Theater production of Julius Caesar—done in modern dress, as if set in Mussolini’s Rome—on Broadway in 1937.


And then, by chance, just before I saw the film, I’d found myself reading a curious—or anyway contrarian—take on genius in Lionel Trilling’s 1952 introduction to Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, which argues that we should admire Orwell precisely because he’s not a genius.”


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