100-Year-Old Master

100-year-old composer Elliott Carter fits University of Chicago economist David Galenson’s definition of an “old master” to a tee:

Since he turned 90, Mr. Carter has poured out more than 40 published works, an extraordinary burst of creativity at a stage when most people would be making peace with mortality.

Carter’s daily routine:

He wakes every day at 7 a.m., composes for two and a half hours, goes out for a constitutional with an aide, rests after lunch, composes again or receives visitors in the afternoon, and watches French satellite television in the evening, if he does not have a concert to attend.

I find the ways in which “writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days” endlessly fascinating.

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