Jimi Hendrix

For anyone who’s received a rejection letter in the mail, it’s good to know that plenty of famously successful people have had the same experience. In the new book Other People’s Rejection Letters: Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t Receive, author Bill Shapiro includes copies of the Museum of Modern Art’s rejection of Andy Warhol’s entries and the U.S. Army discharge letter sent to Jimi Hendrix because he was unable to “carry on an intelligent conversation,” among many others. Shapiro discusses the upside of rejection with ABC News’ John Berman:

Instead of “virtuosity” I would say “genius” … a very interesting article from Sean Michaels in the Guardian:

Was Jimi Hendrix’s ambidexterity the secret to his talent? This is the question explored in a new paper by psychologist Stephen Christman (via TwentyFourBit), who argues that Hendrix’s versatility informed not just his guitar-playing – but his lyrics too.

According to Christman, who is based at the University of Toledo, Hendrix was not strictly left-handed. Although he played his right-handed guitar upside down, and used his left hand to throw, comb his hair and hold cigarettes, Hendrix wrote, ate and held the telephone with his right hand. He was, Christman argues, “mixed-right-handed”. And this “mixed”-ness, signaling better interaction between the left and right hemispheres of the guitarist’s brain, suffused every part of his music.