Note to parents of non-prodigies (so, most of you): No amount of flash cards, professional training or baby Einstein DVDs can make your kid a prodigy if the stuff isn't there, so don't try. It will just make both of you miserable.
The beautiful piano performance by Derek Paravicini "In The Key Of Genius" would be impressive even if he wasn't challenged by blindness and autism. But curiously, that's not what struck me most about this young man.
While it's true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, their support is typically the result of a demonstrated "rage to learn." The reason why they are so driven to deliberately practice in their domain requires explaining.
Equal parts lit crit, biography, linguistic anthropology and social history, Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage examines the remaining mysteries about Arthur Rimbaud as a fugitive from justice.
Basically Amy Chua wrote the book we didn't. Which means my own Tiger Mother was right: my laziness was going to be my "downfall" one day.
Mikaela Shiffrin may be the most phenomenal phenom ever. What, you ask? Greater than the young LeBron James? Yes, Mikaela may just have the stats to support such an outrageous claim.