Scenius: a scene full of talented “geniuses” who ended up being associated together.
That’s the word from Brian Eno, picked up by Austin Kleon and then I first read about it here.
I can’t believe how geniuses just happen to go together.
Like at the early days of Paypal, you had a bunch of smart people, such as Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.
Or the writers that all hung together in Paris, like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.
Or I was listening to a music podcast and they talked about how a bunch of their friends just happened to live together and they were all in semi-popular bands.
I guess I’m just not smart enough to find them.
It got me thinking about possible “sceniuses” in the small contemporary lit circles I’m in. Or maybe they’re just scenes and not sceniuses quite yet.
Who do you think are the early “geniuses” in literature right now? And where do they live? Where do you see awesome stuff happening (online or IRL) before it’s made it big?
Tell me. I want to know.
Update: Or maybe it’s: “Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius.” Still, which writing scenes seem genius now?