Just The Two Of Us: The Creative Power of Pairing Up

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are just one example of the power of creative duos John Lennon and Paul McCartney are just one example of the power of creative duos (Getty Images)

Famous creative duos—like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Marie and Pierre Curie, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—usually have a special chemistry. Joshua Wolf Shenk looks at how creative intimacy unfolds, and examines new scientific research into the foundations of creativity. In his book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful creative partners thrive on conflict; and why some duos flame out while others endure.


Joshua Wolf Shenk

Comments [8]

Keira from Manhattan

Picasso and Matisse were perhaps more like rivals than creative partners, whereas Picasso and Braque's paintings during their Cubist period were at times almost indistinguishable.

Aug. 06 2014 09:50 PM
Andrew from Connecticut

How about Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux?

Aug. 06 2014 01:55 PM
Carla from New York, NY

I wonder if such pairs are only so powerful at a certain (young) age?

Aug. 06 2014 01:54 PM
Bebe from Queens

Shenk just said, with regard to Martin Luther King, Jr.: "...between he and Ralph Abernathy..."

No, no, a thousand times NO.

It's "...between HIM and [whoever]." NEVER "between he" and anybody!

Please, Mr. Shenk. You're a writer. Get your prepositions and objective pronouns together, or I'm going to have to sic Weird Al Yankovic on you.

Aug. 06 2014 01:44 PM
Bernard Kaner

I always found the relationship between Elton John & Bernie Taupin very interesting

Aug. 06 2014 01:42 PM

Howzabout a technical and marketing pair?

Aug. 06 2014 01:41 PM
Alan from Manhattan

The architect duo of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown have always had one office, however the Pritzker Prize was only awarded to Robert Venturi and NOT Denise Scott Brown.

Aug. 06 2014 01:40 PM
antonio from bayside

Did the guest look into Wozniak and Jobs? Jobs had to be somewhat technical although I heard he wasn't a programmer!? How can this be true?

Aug. 06 2014 01:39 PM

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