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Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work (English Edition)

Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mason Currey
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Anthony Trollope wrote three thousand words every morning before heading off to his job at the Post Office. Toulouse-Lautrec did his best work at night, sometimes even setting up his easel in brothels, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas and a bathrobe. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts – he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process. From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals examines the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

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Mason Currey was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Currey’s writing has appeared in Slate, Metropolis, and Print. He lives in Brooklyn.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspirierend 13. Januar 2014
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Das Buch hat mir sehr gefallen. Es besteht ausschließlich aus kurzen Berichten über die täglichen Arbeitsgewohnheiten von Künstlern und Autoren. Die Berichte sind kurz genug, dass man immer mal wieder zwischendurch einen lesen kann. Deshalb können Sie natürlich auch nur an der Oberfläche kratzen. Durch die Anzahl der Berichte entsteht allerdings ein wirklich interessantes Bild.
Insgesamt ein schöner Einblick in die Lebens- und Arbeitswirklichkeiten von vielen berühmten Leuten und eine Inspiration für die eigene tägliche Arbeit.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nette Idee, ein wenig blutleer umgesetzt 8. November 2013
Von Christian
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Ich fand die Idee nett, einen Einblicke zu bekommen, wie die großen Geister unserer Zeit und der Vergangenheit mit den Tücken des Alltags umgegangen sind, die uns allen zu schaffen machen. Die ersten paar Schilderungen lesen sich auch ganz nett. Auf die Dauer sind die Schilderungen jedoch etwas blutleer. Ich hatte das Gefühl, es mit einem Überwachungsprotokoll der CIA zu tun zu haben. Person A steht zu Uhrzeit B auf, arbeitet in Raum C, isst um Uhrzeit D, geht um Uhrzeit E wieder ins Bett. Nächste Person...
Ich hätte mir gewünscht, dass die Darstellung mit etwas mehr Hintergrund oder Interpretation aufgepeppt worden wäre. Dafür hätte ich gern auf die eine oder andere Person verzichtet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen toll! 5. November 2013
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The book was delivered before, the estimated publication date!
It is a very nice book, easy to read. hope you get creative!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Peek Into the Artists' World of Getting Down to Business 4. April 2013
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I have a pocket size book by Thomas Craven titled: Famous Artists and their Models. In it are the stories of the various artists and their muses. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work reminded me of that book which I loved.

This is a collection of various types of artists- musician, painter, writer, philosopher, scientist- and just what it is that makes them work well.

It would be not surprising to know that Truman Capote was a "completely horizontal author, 'I can't think unless I'm lying down, either in bed or stretched out on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy.'"

Alice Munro kept her writing a secret, writing when her oldest daughter was in school and her younger taking a nap. If she were interrupted by a neighbor during this time she simply visited with the neighbor. All her writing happened in snatched time.

Charles Schulz drew every single strip himself without the aid of an assistant- six daily strips and a Sunday page totaling 17,897 strips. He did it by being regular- seven hours a day, five days a week. Rising at daybreak, showering, shaved, woke his children, drove them to school in the family station wagon stopping to pick up the neighbor's children too, and finally home to begin his work. Lunch was almost always a ham sandwich and a glass of milk in the studio working until 4PM when the kids would return from school.

This is fascinating to read of Flannery O'Connor, Chuck Close, Herman Melville, N.C. Wyeth, Le Corbusier- 161 in all! Ludwig van Beethoven could not start work until he had his coffee- made by himself- from 66 beans per cup-exactly counted out.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well Researched Study of Creative Rituals of Artists 15. August 2013
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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey (Editor)

This book is a hard one to review because of what it is. This is a meticulously researched work on the work habits of writers, composers, artists and other creative types. He pulls this information from existing sources, biographies, autobiographies and personal journals. If you are looking for this type of detailed information, than this book easily could merit a five star review. Currey does a great job presenting this information, presumably sifting through mounds of notes, interviews and books to capture the essence of the artists work habits. There are almost 30 pages of footnotes for this book. I took a lot of notes while reading this book and I will post the writing life tidbits out on my twitter feed as #authorfacts in the next few weeks.

In a purely unscientific assessment of these habits, I can present to you a summary of what I learned here:

Artists work first thing in the morning to get it out of the way early so they can go about their day. 113 out of the 161 artists profiled (or 70.2% of them) began work in the morning, and many of the the late-rising artists also began work as one of their first activities of the day in the afternoon or night time, but the overwhelming majority of artists woke in the morning and got to work within 2 hours of waking.

Most of them followed a strict daily work schedule working for a set number of hours, (typically anywhere from 3 to 6 hours) or until they hit a goal word count (usually 1000 to 1500 words).

Many artists drank or smoked to excess, all ultimately having a negative impact on their work. Another popular excess: coffee.

The one thing I wish this book would have done was to interview more contemporary authors, a lot of these artists are dead and from the 19th and early 20th century. Although the book contains some writers from the late 20th Century, the majority of these are of the Baby Boomer generation, and I'd be curious to see the daily rituals of Generation X or Millennial authors, and how they handle the distraction-rich, socially interconnected world of the 21st century. I think this information is out there and available, and maybe even easier to collect and write about, so I was disappointed that this wasn't captured.

I also couldn't figure out how the book was organized. The artists were not classified by the medium or subject area, and not in alphabetical or chronological order. The profiles seem to be completely random, and considering the audience for this book, I think it would have better been served by some sort of organizational structure to make it easier to look up a particular artist, time period or profession.

But the book is what it is. It is a solid, well-researched work of an obscure, somewhat academic subject, and although this is fascinating to a writer such as myself, I'm not sure the book can hold the interest of someone not specifically looking for this type of information, and I'm not sure it could hold the interest of writers and other artists not specifically interested in this aspect of the creative process.

Rating: *** Buy Used $17.46 Hardcover, or $12.99 Kindle eBook

About Ratings: ***** -- Well Worth it at Full Retail Price; **** -- Buy on Sale/Discounted; *** -- Buy Used; ** -- Borrow It from the Library; * -- Waste of a Good Tree
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book! Should be mandatory reading for anyone in the creative field! 5. April 2013
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This is a fabulous book! It was a diligent work of love by Mr. Currey over a decade of research and writing.

The key take away for me was that all of these 166 very productive, very creative folks had routines. They were disciplined in their approaches, and they left lasting legacies.

In working with younger artists (and the occasional middle aged artist), I often hear the lament, "I can't produce art on a schedule! The Muse must move me!" This widely held misconception is probably why the word "starving" is so often associated with artists. :-D As moSt musicians will tell you, a knowledge of music theory enhances results.

I love this book. I am ordered several copies for the course I teach on engendering creativity.

Well done!

In service,

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book thrills me for a number of reasons.... 26. März 2013
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I am a writer. Not as prolific as I wish, but still have published a few things. ( Relieving the Burden of Self on Kindle). I have huge issues with discipline and have struggled all my life with getting "down to it." Therefore, I grabbed this book like a life raft the minute I spotted it. Am I glad I did!
I decided to put a number system on each selection to help myself when I go back over it (as I KNOW I will!), for inspiration.
1 is ...ideas I'd never use. 5 is for ideas that seem absolutely perfect for me. I have done tons of underlining on many passages for
multiple reasons. There are "zingers" on nearly every page! (If a book makes me underline, its definitely worth owning.) That's why I buy most books. I can't underline library books.
One idea that was extremely helpful is by Morton Feldman: "...after you write a little bit, stop and then copy it. Because while
you're copying it, you're thinking about it, and its giving you other ideas." He learned this from John Cage. This is a system I will adopt at once!
The book is fun to read: partly history, part biography, part entertainment, but mostly inspirational.
I know that reading Daily Rituals will likely become part of my own Daily I can finally get down to the business
of writing...which is why I got this in the first place.
I think many people would enjoy it, whether or not they were writers, artists, musicians, poets, or movie provides a voyeur's eye showing the way many different types of people handle self-management.
A truly joyful book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Book for Motivating Authors and Artists 17. April 2013
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As an author, I found "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" by Mason Currey thoroughly fascinating, engaging, and entertaining. I had a great time reading this little gem of a book. I would recommend it to any writer, artist, or creative person.

It's a simple book that contains over 150 short profiles of famous artists. Some of these may only be a half page in length, while the longest of them might take 2-3 pages. All of them contain interesting facts about the person being profiled, with a theme centered on the artist's daily rituals, or routines. You'll find many were early risers, but that others worked at night and slept in. Some used stimulants to help them work, while others didn't. Some adhered to rigid schedules, and others were much more haphazard with their approach to work. The one thing you can take away from this book for sure is that there is no one single best routine to creativity. The rituals and routines are as unique and different as the works the artists created.

However, another thing you can take away from this book is that those who created, did in fact make time to create and there was a lot of "butt-in-the-chair" time as we writers sometimes call it. (Except for those who wrote standing up.)

Not only did I find this book an enjoyable read, but a very motivating one as well. Reading about the rituals of other artists, especially some of those I've admired, motivated me to work on my projects even more. The author did an excellent job at researching the individual artists in this book, and included enough to make it a great read, but also to stimulate me to do further research on some of those profiled here.

Bottom line - I thought this book was outstanding. I had a lot of fun reading it, and will look to it again and again for motivation. I liked it so much that even though I have the advanced reader's copy from the Vine Program, I'm going to buy the hardcover when it is released.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel and others.
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