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By Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 15, 2010

The creative process is synergistic. "When we go to other books or other art forms, what we're trying to do is to loosen up the tight frames we have put around our work," as Anna Deavere Smith puts it. "I call it the oh-I-see! moment. Then you have a new energy charge, and you can follow another trail."

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