Night Owls Unite

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Midsummer’s Eve can be fun, celebratory, wild and — now we have proof — good for your work. According to a recent study, those who are used to being active through the night tend to be more creative.

Marina Giampietro and G.M. Cavallera, of the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, published their findings in an issue of Personality and Individual Differences. According to the research, as covered in our Festival News, those who work through the night are more likely to be creative.

Even more comforting for those of us who like to work in the dark hours, the study also showed that creativity does not stop, nor even diminish, with age. (That’s a relief!)

Certainly, KadmusArts would not be growing so well without colleagues’ comfort, if not enjoyment, with overnight work. For some, working in the middle of the night when the rest of the world is asleep appears to be a precondition to creating new wonders.

We stand — sleepless — in good company.

To help inspire your Midsummer’s Eve’s festivities, here is a list of fellow night owls. Perhaps you can incorporate their imaginations into your celebrations. Or, perhaps you know names to add to the list of those whose work in the dark has shown us the light!

  • Antonin Artaud
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Charles Dickens
  • Alexander Dumas
  • Thomas Edison
  • W.C. Fields
  • Glenn Gould
  • Martha Graham
  • Jerzy Grotowski
  • James Joyce
  • Franz Kafka
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Groucho Marx
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Marcel Proust
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Leonardo da Vinci

Here’s wishing you a Midsummer’s Eve that is as festive as a long night of creation.

- Bill Reichblum

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