Reading The Tale of Tales, Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.
What makes a genius? Author Eric Weiner argues that while natural aptitude is important, place, and the culture of that place, is one of the most important elements in creating a fertile breeding ground for genius to blossom.