I like it when authors, speakers, painters, and musicians sneak up on me.
Not in real life—that’s creepy. I mean via their creations.
My favorite talks, books, works of art, and pieces of music are those that begin unassuming—even boring—but subtly, persistently, build and build and build until I’m about halfway through the experience and I realize, “Whoa—I am witness to a great work!” and I look around to see if anyone else is noticing. By the end, I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of a performance that appears to be both effortless and arduous.