Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 23, 2013 - Reference - 304 pages
Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”
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Each chapter reviews one of 161 artists, musicians, photographers, architects and innovators -- ranging from Van Gogh to Beethoven to Frank Lloyd Wright to Nikola Tesla -- and their particular approach to creating. Some chapters are longer and more informative than others. One of the lessons of the book as I see it is that successful people develop routines that work for them. Some routines are rigid, some are not. Some require work be solitary, some not. Too many involve the use of alcohol and/or drugs as boosts. Not all artists love working, but their work did add meaning to their lives. In short: There is no one easy way to be productive and creative. Do what works for you.