Off the Bench, Onto the Stage

February 21st, 2012

The Wall Street Journal | For a moment there, before he torched the Mavericks over the weekend, it looked like Jeremy Lin’s ride from benchwarmer to redeemer had lost speed. And maybe it was time for a reality check on the importance of sports: You know, really, these things happen all the time in the arts.

Well, not exactly. But it is true that stage careers can blast off in equally exhilarating fashion. Talent can snowball into must-see performances and era-defining personalities. And there are real breakthroughs to mainstream popular culture—usually after an artist has been at the top of his or her field for a while.

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