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The Genius

From Audio: TDiB S1E6: "The Genius", by Cristina Noelle

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Duration: 04:59
David, a Brooklyn artist, shows his best collection at a gallery and. While answering questions, an art critic suggests that David’s best work is behind him.
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David, a Brooklyn artist, shows his best collection at a gallery and. While answering questions, an art critic suggests that David’s best work is behind him. The artist offers to show the critic his newest collection before it goes public in defiance.
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So, you see, it's a very organic process for me. David smiled widely, very natural. The sea of champagne soaked dilettante surrounding him, nodded their approval. That had descended on the gallery checkbooks in hand, prepared to pay whatever obscene amount was demanded of them for the privilege of owning yet another piece of art they didn't understand. And he watched with smug satisfaction. We have buyers lined up for the majority of the work you see here, she told them. But I am pleased to announce that David has agreed to give us exclusive rights to his next collection. This revelation was met with a burst of staccato applause A collection which is already in progress, David added, I'm hoping to have it gallery ready by summer that fast? A reporter asked, surprised. You must not sleep, David laughed. I actually do tend to do my best work between midnight and sunrise. And you're working where? The reporter pulled a pen and miniature spiral notebook from his breast pocket Brooklyn and he interjected. We've told dated he's welcome to use our facilities, but we can't seem to lure him away from that hole in the wall. He loves so much. What can I say? David laughed. I'm a provincial creature at heart, opposite David. A man with white horn rimmed glasses stood gaping up at the nearest painting, the way a fly might consider the moon. He cleared his throat theatrically, and the crowd hushed. When Randolph Theobald spoke, people listened. Very impressive. People are saying. Well, He smiled coolly. I'm sure. I don't have to tell you it was true. David knew exactly what people were saying. He'd saved every press clipping every glowing review the press had dubbed him. Enlightened, inspired a genius. Randall spoke slowly, selecting his words with surgical precision. But forgive me I can't help but wonder if you're at all concerned by your overnight success, David frowned, pardon me. It can be difficult shouldering the weight of such high praise so early in your career. I would know. How old are you? 30 29 David muttered Randall plugged the champagne flute off a passing trace. He spoke nonchalant in his cruelty. You've achieved something remarkable. A true lightning strike of creativity. But you know what they say about lightning. A few by standards, laughed uncomfortably. David's well rehearsed smile faltered. I'm exceptionally proud of this collection. Of course, you are Randall crowd. I'm merely suggesting that it's possible. Perhaps even likely that everything you do for the rest of your career will pale in comparison that your best work is now behind you, and you'll spend the remainder of your professional life chasing your own tail. Speaking of Your best work. Being behind you, any interrupted? How long has it been since your last collection, Randall? four years. 5. three. Randall turned into a game. I'm surprised you've forgotten, Anne! It was right around the time that Julius left you for his administrative assistant. What a pity that you lost your old space to him in the settlement. That was remarkable space. Much more light than you have here. Satisfied with the mortified look on Annie's face, Randall turned his attention again to David. It's still possible you'll manage to surpass yourself somehow. But if I were you, I would find this sort of universal acclaim utterly terrifying. David pursed his lips. Well, I'm happy to report that I have a great deal of confidence in my new pieces. So do I. And he added solemnly, Randall arched an eyebrow powder. Have you seen them? I don't generally allow previews of works in progress, David said. Of course not, Randall Side. Heaven forbid some plebian criticisms distort your artistic vision. David grit his teeth. Find a no better Randall. I'd think you were angling to get a look at my work before. It's.
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