Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare. – Anthony Burgess
John Anthony Burgess Wilson (February 25, 1917 – November 22, 1993) was an English writer who is perhaps best remembered for his dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick adapted the novel into a film, starring Malcolm McDowell as Alex, which considerably influenced the popularity of the book. Other notable works by Burgess include Earthly Powers and the Enderby quartet. He was also a longtime literary critic for The Observer and The Guardian, as well as an accomplished musician and linguist who composed over 250 musical works, including three symphonies.
As President of The Juilliard School, Dr. Joseph Polisi is a twenty-first century visionary poised at the helm of a world-renowned performing arts institution; he is a fierce proponent of the arts, an author, a teacher, and a performer.
"If you can channel the best part of you that is bigger than yourself where it’s not about your ego and not about getting ahead, then you can have fun and you aren’t jealous of others. You see other people's talent as another branch of your own. You can keep it rooted in joy...Life is long and there are plenty of opportunities to make mistakes. The point of it all is to learn."