Daily Rituals

Daily Rituals

How Artists Work

Book - 2013
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"How artists work, how they ritualize their days with the comforting (mundane) details of their lives: their daily routines, fears, dreams, naps, eating habits, and other prescribed, finely calibrated "subtle maneuvers" ... From Beethoven and Kafka to George Sand, Picasso, Woody Allen and Agatha Christie; from Leo Tolstoy and Henry James to Charles Dickens and John Updike, here are writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, philosophers, caricaturists, comedians, poets, sculptors, and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Characteristics: xvii, 278 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307273604 (hardback)
0307273601 (hardback)
Call Number: 700.922 CURREY


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Let your efforts to create daily rituals and new habits be informed and inspired by some of the greatest authors, artists and thinkers throughout history. Meticulously researched, author includes vignettes describing the creative inspiration and restorative routines that will surprise and confoun... Read More »

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Dec 11, 2019

For those of you who commented on how this book didn't work well for women, there is a new book by the same author titled - Daily Rituals: Women at Work, published on March 15, 2019.
It has gotten great reviews. The author must have gotten some feedback.

May 21, 2019

Wanna be an artist? It's easy! All you need is copious amounts of stimulants/alcohol, a wife to take care of tedious chores, a few weird habits/pets and 20 million cigarettes. (On the extremely rare chance you happen to BE the wife, simply give up sleep and create all night long before resuming household duties, childcare and going to your job.)

Jan 25, 2019

strongly agree with ricardohdz's nov 2018 review - there were personal stories that went on and on... some woke early, some woke late, some had addictions, some had families... but it was hard to know what to conclude and without any curation beyond pasting the accounts together, it got to be a real slog in the end.

Nov 11, 2018

A mere recount of random dairy notes, this book is just a glimpse of how many artists worked, rather than their daily routines or rituals. I'm writing "how they worked" because they rarely wrote about their day to day rituals and uses. The author makes a superficial work of copying and pasting several extracts from biographies, autobiographies, interviews, notes, etc. This is not a research neither it intends to be as the author mades it clear: "this is a superficial book. It’s about the circumstances of creative activity, not the product".

The first chapters (or artists) are worthwhile reading; the text starts to diminished in terms of quality as pages are turned over. I recommend you to read instead the classic philosophers instead for great advice on routines, ideas and integral wellbeing.

Jul 01, 2018

Not enough women represented.

Amy_MarkhamPL Dec 08, 2016

An easy, eye-opening look at the creative processes of great artists throughout history. Although everyone works differently and some are quite unhealthy, all the artists covered in this book have in common an overwhelming urge to produce.

Dec 05, 2014

Charming, brief, random comments from artists of all types, though mostly writers, on how they do their work. Some are very ritualistic, doing the same thing every morning or they can't work at all. Others are very free-wheeling. One of my writing instructors suggested we had to write at the same time every day. My life is way too chaotic for that. Maybe that's why I'm not published! This book was quite enlightening. Most of the authors I've read are very disciplined, whatever that discipline is. They may only have an output of 100 words a day, but they stick to it.

Dec 17, 2013

This book introduces the reader to a variety of artists -- largely writers. You will learn interesting details such as sleep patterns, breakfast and general meals, social routines, and what "routine" made each creative person work the best.

As a budding artist, this book made me feel closer to home. All people portrayed share the will to art but are vastly different -- there is a good message here that you should follow your natural path. I enjoyed reading about the shared human weakness of fooling ourselves into believing we can force our selfs to be other than who we naturally are.


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