Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR
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On the morning of August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit illegally strung a tightrope between the towers of New York's World Trade Center. For 45 minutes, onlookers marveled at Petit’s lyrical ballet in the sky as he moved back and forth across the wire. He was more than 1300 feet above the ground – without a net. The story of this feat was captured in the Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire." Petit’s artistry, however, extends beyond the tightrope. He is also a magician, a street juggler, a visual artist, a builder and a writer. In his tenth book,“Creativity: The Perfect Crime,” Petit makes the case that breaking the rules is the key to creativity.