The Neo-Generalist, and why we should all have ‘one’

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The Neo-Generalist. Design work by Caroline Li (partly inspired by the American graphic designer Saul Bass).

“I am large, I contain multitudes.” — Walt Whitman in Song of Myself.

The Neo-Generalist, and why we should all have ‘one’

It’s a bit awkward to write about a book that stirs up so many memories and thoughts, it almost reads like a biography. But The Neo-Generalist by Richard Martin and Kenneth Mikkelsen isn’t about me as such, it’s ‘merely’ about people like me — people who live in more than one world and who are able to strike meaningful connections between these worlds. It so happens that I was one of the lucky interviewees. Lucky while at the same time humbled to be included in a list of people who are far more accomplished than I will ever be. But that, at least, gives me something to aspire to. If I have any time left that is, because The Neo-Generalist includes a list of books that will keep me rather busy. In the words of Austin Kleon in Steal Like an Artist: “Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.”

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The specialist-generalist continuum.
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My first attempt specialist-generalist continuum.

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