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Jun 27, 2023

Taste and Discernment

Jerry Seinfeld identifies as the ultimate skill of the artist: “taste and discernment.” 

“It’s one thing to create,” Seinfeld says. It’s one thing to have ideas.

“The other is you have to choose. ‘What are we going to do, and what are we not going to do?’” What are we going to add to the product line, and what are we not going to add?

“This is a gigantic aspect of [artistic] survival,” Seinfeld continues. 

“It’s kind of unseen—what’s picked and what is discarded—but mastering that is how you stay alive.”