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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.”
 
Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in the kitchen, the top of the refrigerator as his desk, dreamily fondling his “male configurations”. . . Jean-Paul Sartre chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), ingesting ten times the recommended dose each day . . . Descartes liked to linger in bed, his mind wandering in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where he experienced “every pleasure imaginable.”

Here are: Anthony Trollope, who demanded of himself that each morning he write three thousand words (250 words every fifteen minutes for three hours) before going off to his job at the postal service, which he kept for thirty-three years during the writing of more than two dozen books . . . Karl Marx . . . Woody Allen . . . Agatha Christie . . . George Balanchine, who did most of his work while ironing . . . Leo Tolstoy . . . Charles Dickens . . . Pablo Picasso . . . George Gershwin, who, said his brother Ira, worked for twelve hours a day from late morning to midnight, composing at the piano in pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers . . .

Here also are the daily rituals of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, and Igor Stravinsky (he was never able to compose unless he was sure no one could hear him and, when blocked, stood on his head to “clear the brain”).

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Writers and artists are always asked about their process, including the crucial question, “How do you do meaningful creative work while also earning a living?” Currey set out to amass as much information as he could find about the routines “brilliant and successful” creators adopted and followed, and the result is a zestful survey of the working habits of “some of the greatest minds of the last four hundred years.” This zealous and judicious volume brims with quotes and fascinating disclosures about the vagaries of the creative life. Currey outs the habits of nearly 200 choreographers, comedians, composers, caricaturists, filmmakers, philosophers, playwrights, painters, poets, scientists, sculptors, and writers in a dizzying array that includes Benjamin Franklin, Henri Matisse, Nikola Tesla, Stephen King, Twyla Tharp, Federico Fellini, Ann Beattie, Gustav Mahler, and Toni Morrison. Here are early birds and night owls, the phenomenally rigorous and the nearly dysfunctional. George Balanchine thought things out while ironing. Maya Angelou writes sequestered in a “tiny, mean” hotel room. Marilynne Robinson confesses, “I really am incapable of discipline.” Currey’s compendium is elucidating and delectable. --Donna Seaman

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"What recommends this compendium of mini-biographies is its revelation of the infinite variety, unpredictable zaniness and inimitability of artists'' routines." 
-- The Wall Street Journal

"An encouraging read for creative types, and a delightful peek into that world for the rest of us." --NPR''s Morning Edition

"I just can''t recommend this book enough." 
--Lena Dunham

"Reading Currey''s accounts of the work habits of 161 highly successful, creative people shows that there''s no magic, one-size-fits-all solution--only the way that''s right for us."
 --Gretchen Rubin

"It became my daily companion. There were gems everywhere, and I underlined nearly every page . . . This ritual not only shocked me out of a major depressive funk, it also triggered a creative explosion."
 --Tim Ferriss

"A great book."
 --Chelsea Handler

"An addictive read."
 --Austin Kleon

"Fascinating . . . Just about anyone who has put his or her mark on modern art and thought makes an appearance here." 
-- Chicago Tribune

"Entertaining . . . Engaging. Its brief entries humanize legends like Hemingway and Picasso, and shed light on the working lives of less popular contemporary geniuses . . . making one thing abundantly clear: There''s no such thing as the way to create good work, but all greats have their way. And some of those ways are spectacularly weird." --NPR.org

"Hard to put down."
 -- The Boston Globe

"Currey''s compendium is elucidating and delectable."
 -- Booklist

"A chance to see what great lives look like when the triumphs, dramas, disruptions and divorces have been all but boiled away. It will fascinate anyone who wonders how a day might best be spent." 
-- The Guardian

"An utterly fascinating compendium . . . This book is the ultimate retort to the flaneurs who dream about the novel/screenplay/painting they would create if only they had the time. Its message is that serious artists make the time, and most of them make it at the same time every day." 
-- The Sunday Times (London)

"A trove of entertaining anecdote and thought-provoking comparison." -- The Telegraph

"A thoroughly researched, minutely annotated and delightful book, full of the quirks and oddities of the human comedy." 
-- Literary Review

"Fascinating . . . It also interestingly reveals that there is no universal formula to greatness, so in essence, it''s a celebration of individuality and quirkiness." 
-- Huffington Post

"Excellent . . . If you''re curious about the habits of some of the most famous composers, authors and painters and/or are looking for ways to enhance your own creative routine, this book is likely to inspire."
 -- USA Today

"Perfectly giftable and suited for the nightstand or the back of the toilet . . . Each entry is a portrait in miniature--a person''s work process as synecdoche for the work itself."
 -- Bookforum

"I''ve read it twice and given it as gifts to three different people . . . I found it inspiring to remind myself that there''s no magical secret to accomplishing your creative work--it''s a lot about just sitting at the desk and plugging away at it."
 --Design*Sponge

"A great pleasure . . . Currey''s foible-affirming collection never pinpoints a magic-formula routine. Instead, it''s an ode to the powers of daily comforts: coffee, mind-clearing walks, family meals, and regular, focused work."
 --Remodelista

About the Author

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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Nearly every weekday morning for a year and a half, I got up at 5:30, brushed my teeth, made a cup of coffee, and sat down to write about how some of the greatest minds of the past four hundred years approached this exact same task— that is, how they made the time each day to do their best work, how they organized their schedules in order to be creative and productive. By writing about the admittedly mundane details of my subjects’ daily lives— when they slept and ate and worked and worried— I hoped to provide a novel angle on their personalities and careers, to sketch entertaining, small- bore portraits of the artist as a creature of habit. “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once wrote. I say, tell me what time you eat, and whether you take a nap afterward.
 
In that sense, this is a superficial book. It’s about the circumstances of creative activity, not the product; it deals with manufacturing rather than meaning. But it’s also, inevitably, personal. (John Cheever thought that you couldn’t even type a business letter without revealing something of your inner self— isn’t that the truth?) My underlying concerns in the book are issues that I struggle with in my own life: How do you do meaningful creative work while also earning a living? Is it better to devote yourself wholly to a project or to set aside a small portion of each day? And when there doesn’t seem to be enough time for all you hope to accomplish, must you give things up (sleep, income, a clean house), or can you learn to condense activities, to do more in less time, to “work smarter, not harder,” as my dad is always telling me? More broadly, are comfort and creativity incompatible, or is the opposite true: Is finding a basic level of daily comfort a prerequisite for sustained creative work?
 
I don’t pretend to answer these questions in the following pages— probably some of them can’t be answered, or can be resolved only individually, in shaky personal compromises— but I have tried to provide examples of how a variety of brilliant and successful people have confronted many of the same challenges. I wanted to show how grand creative visions translate to small daily increments; how one’s working habits influence the work itself, and vice versa.
 
The book’s title is Daily Rituals, but my focus in writing it was really people’s routines. The word connotes ordinariness and even a lack of thought; to follow a routine is to be on autopilot. But one’s daily routine is also a choice, or a whole series of choices. In the right hands, it can be a finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of a range of limited resources: time (the most limited resource of all) as well as willpower, self- discipline, optimism. A solid routine fosters a well- worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods. This was one of William James’s favorite subjects.
He thought you wanted to put part of your life on autopilot; by forming good habits, he said, we can “free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action.” Ironically, James himself was a chronic procrastinator and could never stick to a regular schedule (see page 80).
 
As it happens, it was an inspired bout of procrastination that led to the creation of this book. One Sunday afternoon in July 2007, I was sitting alone in the dusty offices of the small architecture magazine that I worked for, trying to write a story due the next day. But instead of buckling down and getting it over with, I was reading The New York Times online, compulsively tidying my cubicle, making Nespresso shots in the kitchenette, and generally wasting the day. It was a familiar predicament. I’m a classic “morning person,” capable of considerable focus in the early hours but pretty much useless after lunch. That afternoon, to make myself feel better about this often inconvenient predilection (who wants to get up at 5:30 every day?), I started searching the Internet for information about other writers’ working schedules. These were easy to find, and highly entertaining. It occurred to me that someone should collect these anecdotes in one place— hence the Daily Routines blog I launched that very afternoon (my magazine story got written in a last- minute panic the next morning) and, now, this book.
 
The blog was a casual affair; I merely posted descriptions of people’s routines as I ran across them in biographies, magazine profiles, newspaper obits, and the like. For the book, I’ve pulled together a vastly expanded and better-researched collection, while also trying to maintain the brevity and diversity of voices that made the original appealing. As much as possible, I’ve let my subjects speak for themselves, in quotes from letters, diaries, and interviews. In other cases, I have cobbled together a summary of their routines from secondary sources. And when another writer has produced the perfect distillation of his subject’s routine, I have quoted it at length rather than try to recast it myself. I should note here that this book would have been impossible without the research and writing of the hundreds of biographers, journalists, and scholars whose work I drew upon. I have documented all of my sources in the Notes section, which I hope will also serve as a guide to further reading.
 
Compiling these entries, I kept in mind a passage from a 1941 essay by V. S. Pritchett. Writing about Edward Gibbon, Pritchett takes note of the great English historian’s remarkable industry— even during his military service, Gibbon managed to find the time to continue his scholarly work, toting along Horace on the march and reading up on pagan and Christian theology in his tent. “Sooner or later,” Pritchett writes, “the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.”
 
What aspiring writer or artist has not felt this exact sentiment from time to time? Looking at the achievements of past greats is alternately inspiring and utterly discouraging. But Pritchett is also, of course, wrong. For every cheerfully industrious Gibbon who worked nonstop and seemed free of the self- doubt and crises of confidence that dog us mere mortals, there is a William James or a Franz Kafka, great minds who wasted time, waited vainly for inspiration to strike, experienced torturous blocks and dry spells, were racked by doubt and insecurity. In reality, most of the people in this book are somewhere in the middle— committed to daily work but never entirely confident of their progress; always wary of the one off day that undoes the streak. All of them made the time to get their work done. But there is infinite variation in how they structured their lives to do so.
 
This book is about that variation. And I hope that readers will find it encouraging rather than depressing.
Writing it, I often thought of a line from a letter Kafka sent to his beloved Felice Bauer in 1912. Frustrated by his cramped living situation and his deadening day job, he complained, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straight-forward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.” Poor Kafka! But then who among us can expect to live a pleasant, straightforward life? For most of us, much of the time, it is a slog, and Kafka’s subtle maneuvers are not so much a last resort as an ideal. Here’s to wriggling through.
 
W. H. Auden (1907– 1973)
 
“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition,” Auden wrote in 1958. If that’s true, then Auden himself was one of the most ambitious men of his generation. The poet was obsessively punctual and lived by an exacting timetable throughout his life. “He checks his watch over and over again,” a guest of Auden’s once noted. “Eating, drinking, writing, shopping, crossword puzzles, even the mailman’s arrival— all are timed to the minute and with accompanying routines.” Auden believed that a life of such military precision was essential to his creativity, a way of taming the muse to his own schedule. “A modern stoic,” he observed, “knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble.”
 
Auden rose shortly after 6:00 a.m., made himself coffee, and settled down to work quickly, perhaps after taking a first pass at the crossword. His mind was sharpest from 7:00 until 11:30 a.m., and he rarely failed to take advantage of these hours. (He was dismissive of night owls: “Only the ‘Hitlers of the world’ work at night; no honest artist does.”) Auden usually resumed his work after lunch and continued into the late afternoon. Cocktail hour began at 6:30 sharp, with the poet mixing himself and any guests several strong vodka martinis. Then dinner was served, with copious amounts of wine, followed by more wine and conversation. Auden went to bed early, never later than 11:00 and, as he grew older, closer to 9:30.
 
To maintain his energy and concentration, the poet relied on amphetamines, taking a dose of Benzedrine each morning the way many people take a daily multivitamin. At night, he used Seconal or another sedative to get to sleep. He continued this routine— “the chemical life,” he called it— for twenty years, until the efficacy of the pills finally wore off. Auden regarded amphetamines as one of the “labor- saving devices” in the “mental kitchen,” alongside alcohol, coffee, and tobacco— although he was well aware that “these mechanisms are very crude, liable to injure the cook, and constantly breaking down.”

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Arthur Thorp
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and do their best work in the first several hours of the day
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2015
So here''s the takeaway: 1. The people described in this book all work very hard and, frequently, VERY long hours. 2. Regular, extended exercise - usually walking - is frequently an important part of their routines. 3. They''re mostly early... See more
So here''s the takeaway:

1. The people described in this book all work very hard and, frequently, VERY long hours.

2. Regular, extended exercise - usually walking - is frequently an important part of their routines.

3. They''re mostly early risers, with significant exceptions, and do their best work in the first several hours of the day. There are a few nightowls but not many.

4. They have a work routine that they adhere to almost fanatically.

5. Finally, implicitly, habits are key in their successes and productivity.

There, I''ve saved you the price of this book.

The stories about the different artists are frequently interesting on their own account and very useful in fleshing out the "takeaways" listed above. I don''t think it''s intended as a self-help book. The author doesn''t attempt to derive a series of lessons from his subjects'' activities but a pattern emerges after reading a lot of these.
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Dan Woodfin
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Half way through reading this book I ordered a copy
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
This book was described in a catalog I receive. It sounded interesting so I checked out a copy from the local library. Half way through reading a library copy I ordered a copy. If you do creative work of any kind you are probably trying to find out how to organize your... See more
This book was described in a catalog I receive. It sounded interesting so I checked out a copy from the local library. Half way through reading a library copy I ordered a copy. If you do creative work of any kind you are probably trying to find out how to organize your time and effort for best results. I am. I wanted to see how successful artists do it. This book is heavily researched and also very readable. It is not a 1,2 & 3 and you will be successful type book. It is about life stories. I bought a copy for ongoing reference. I have read it through and i''ll be referring to it over the years.
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you''ll have good company. If you''re reclusive
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2017
Small format books ask us not to take them seriously, but don''t be fooled here. This little gem is a fount of inspiration for anyone with creative urges and dreams. The diversity of creators represented is a welcoming affirmation that whoever you are and however you create,... See more
Small format books ask us not to take them seriously, but don''t be fooled here. This little gem is a fount of inspiration for anyone with creative urges and dreams. The diversity of creators represented is a welcoming affirmation that whoever you are and however you create, there''s a place for you at the table. If you''re disciplined, you''ll find models of discipline. If you''re a hard partier, you''ll have good company. If you''re reclusive, you''ll be affirmed in your desire and need for solitude. Mason Currey has done a fine job bringing creators from many centuries into our awareness to speak for themselves or be spoken about. Thank you.
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Little Miss Fun
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Read the Blog, Don''t Bother with the Book
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2020
I had been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time. It’s been sitting on my shelf for goodness knows how long. I wanted to love it, but I couldn’t. It’s based on a blog, and I have come to believe that generally most blogs do not make for interesting books,... See more
I had been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time. It’s been sitting on my shelf for goodness knows how long. I wanted to love it, but I couldn’t. It’s based on a blog, and I have come to believe that generally most blogs do not make for interesting books, at least not for me.

A few years ago, before vacationing in France, I read a ton of books that are set in France. One of these was Monet’s House: An Impressionist Interior by Heide Michels. I love that book. Not only are the pictures just gorgeous, but the descriptions also. It’s chock-full of interesting tidbits about Monet’s daily life. Those are the parts that interested me the most and that I still remember and think of from time to time.

Unlike the Monet book, I never felt a connection to any of the artists, writers, and composers in this book. I felt that something was lacking. The entries were repetitive and not particularly entertaining or interesting. It all seemed quite superficial and I wanted him to dig deeper. A short biography on each would have been nice also, especially when I didn’t even know who some of the artists were in the first place.

What irritated me the most was the lack of organization and structure. It isn’t alphabetical; or even done in a proper layout with say artists in one section, writers in another, and so forth; or even chronological. It’s all over the place.

My takeaway was:
* Everyone is different. Some are larks and some are night-owls. Do what works for you.
* Take at least one long walk every day.
* Eat the same exact thing every day. Boring!
* Smoke as if it’s going out of style.
* Same applies to alcohol and other mind-altering drugs.
* And on and on.

It was an okay compilation, but I think that you’d be better served by visiting the blog.
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KellyAnn
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I really enjoyed this book
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2018
I enjoyed this book and I wrote a complete review on my website. It''s a bit lengthy to post here, but the following excerpt should be more enough to get my point across. Is your creativity driven by a looming deadline? Do you need four or five cups of Diet Pepsi or... See more
I enjoyed this book and I wrote a complete review on my website. It''s a bit lengthy to post here, but the following excerpt should be more enough to get my point across.
Is your creativity driven by a looming deadline? Do you need four or five cups of Diet Pepsi or tea before you can even think of putting one word on the paper? Does the rest of the world need to be sleeping for you to hit your stride? Do you sometimes type the title of an article on the page just to see words on the page? Okay, well maybe I’m the only one that does those things. If not, join the ranks of many creatives that have rituals or behaviors that get their creative muscles warmed up and ready for the battle of the blank sheet or canvas.

As a creative who grew up with other creatives, Daily Rituals piqued my interest and would hopefully feed my curious nature. Maybe this middle of the night creative could pick up a few tricks of the trade from some of the most successful artists in the world. Perhaps I could gain a little insight into how they became so successful and in some cases are still going strong. If nothing else, it would be fun to take a peek behind the curtain.
And it was. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, informative, enjoyable read.
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RedTerrier
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Ordinary rituals lead to extraordinary art
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2016
Excellent book for those readers who want to get a glimpse into the schedules of extraordinary talented artists...namely, that even true masters have to find the mundane ritual of daily routine a necessity when creating great work. The creative process is often thought of... See more
Excellent book for those readers who want to get a glimpse into the schedules of extraordinary talented artists...namely, that even true masters have to find the mundane ritual of daily routine a necessity when creating great work. The creative process is often thought of as elusive and transient, however this book goes to great lengths to show how a steady working schedule can often lead to some of the modern world''s greatest creative achievements. Very inspiring for those wanting to create some kind of art in their day...
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Zayd
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A treasure.
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
This has easily become one of my favorite books. Through a series of vignettes, it outlines the daily routines and work habits of some of the greatest artists from history and in our time. One of the things I find so charming about this book is the way in which it depicts... See more
This has easily become one of my favorite books. Through a series of vignettes, it outlines the daily routines and work habits of some of the greatest artists from history and in our time. One of the things I find so charming about this book is the way in which it depicts each artist''s quirks and distinctive traits. It even shares many of their gastronomic habits. You will find a range of different personalities and temperaments in the 161 figures covered in this book, from the ordinary, conventional, and even-tempered, to the more volatile, mercurial, and eccentric. In my view, what Daily Rituals offers is a means of communion with the greatest writers, poets, playwrights, composers, painters, filmmakers, and thinkers, all in one neat little book. It humanizes them, makes them accessible, and allows us to inspired by their example in our own work and daily lives. It''s also an excellent reference book for further research into creative personalities. In short, this book is a treasure trove for any artist working today. Thank you, Mr. Currey, for bringing this into the world.
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Finkle Stinkle
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Not a self coaching book, just and index of your favorite artists habits during their days.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2018
This book points out a lot of the rules that thousands of artists have used even during the beginning or their lives. However I noticed I am just reading how they used their daily routine to achieve the best results. I was expecting this book to be more like a helpful goto... See more
This book points out a lot of the rules that thousands of artists have used even during the beginning or their lives. However I noticed I am just reading how they used their daily routine to achieve the best results. I was expecting this book to be more like a helpful goto guide to my favorite artists. That''s not what this book is, just a giant index of their morning and afternoon lives, I found this book to be ok as a reference guide for your favorite composers however there isn''t anymore context I can take from this other than just information thats collected and not buffered into a self coaching book. I find this book not very useful for someone looking to improve their lives.
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Dr Mayan Lynch
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Daily Ritual Book for artists
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2021
I love this book, amazing work, I found this book really helpful in assessing my own daily writing routine. Its well researched and well written
I love this book, amazing work, I found this book really helpful in assessing my own daily writing routine. Its well researched and well written
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No paper wrap around
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 9, 2018
Ordered a hardback and the order was filled by Momox. It arrived without the paper wrap around. Looks a bit rubbish as. Quite disappointed.
Ordered a hardback and the order was filled by Momox. It arrived without the paper wrap around. Looks a bit rubbish as. Quite disappointed.
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2018
It realy is just individual habits of different people.
It realy is just individual habits of different people.
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A Brilliantly conceived, Funny, Intriguing and Fascinating Collection. Endlessly stimulating.
Reviewed in Canada on May 9, 2014
This quite unusual 275 page book includes brief, well-written accounts of the ''daily rituals'' practiced by 161 inspired and inspiring minds, from Tolstoy to Woody Allen to Dickens to Warhol to Picasso to Jane Austen to Beethoven ... Each delightful entry runs from 1 to 3...See more
This quite unusual 275 page book includes brief, well-written accounts of the ''daily rituals'' practiced by 161 inspired and inspiring minds, from Tolstoy to Woody Allen to Dickens to Warhol to Picasso to Jane Austen to Beethoven ... Each delightful entry runs from 1 to 3 pages in length and all are remarkably well-researched. Easy to read, fun, jammed with insider anecdotes. From the jacket (and entirely accurate): "Writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations." The book is a joy. Dip into it anywhere, for however long. I happen to be a bibliomaniac and this is my find of the year. ... It''s physically small, therefore easy to carry also.
This quite unusual 275 page book includes brief, well-written accounts of the ''daily rituals'' practiced by 161 inspired and inspiring minds, from Tolstoy to Woody Allen to Dickens to Warhol to Picasso to Jane Austen to Beethoven ... Each delightful entry runs from 1 to 3 pages in length and all are remarkably well-researched. Easy to read, fun, jammed with insider anecdotes. From the jacket (and entirely accurate): "Writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations." The book is a joy. Dip into it anywhere, for however long. I happen to be a bibliomaniac and this is my find of the year. ... It''s physically small, therefore easy to carry also.
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wunderschöne Aufmachung, Inspirationsquelle
Reviewed in Germany on April 29, 2021
Das ist kein Buch um es von vorne bis hinten in einem durch zu wälzen sondern ein guter Begleiter um immer mal wieder einfach irgend eine Seite auf zuschlagen und eine Anekdote über einen berühmten Menschen zu lesen. Über Künstler, Musiker, Philosophen, Poeten bis hin zu...See more
Das ist kein Buch um es von vorne bis hinten in einem durch zu wälzen sondern ein guter Begleiter um immer mal wieder einfach irgend eine Seite auf zuschlagen und eine Anekdote über einen berühmten Menschen zu lesen. Über Künstler, Musiker, Philosophen, Poeten bis hin zu Wissenschaftlern ist von allem was dabei und es macht sehr viel Spaß über etwas so alltägliches wie die tägliche Routine eines bedeutenden Menschen zu lesen und inspiriert mich selbst sehr zu kreativer Arbeit. Zahlreiche meiner Idole wie Picasso, Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein Simone de Beauvoir und Jane Austen sind hier vertreten und gleichzeitig ist das Buch an sich sehr ästhetisch und hochwertig. Deshalb von mir volle 5 Sterne
Das ist kein Buch um es von vorne bis hinten in einem durch zu wälzen sondern ein guter Begleiter um immer mal wieder einfach irgend eine Seite auf zuschlagen und eine Anekdote über einen berühmten Menschen zu lesen. Über Künstler, Musiker, Philosophen, Poeten bis hin zu Wissenschaftlern ist von allem was dabei und es macht sehr viel Spaß über etwas so alltägliches wie die tägliche Routine eines bedeutenden Menschen zu lesen und inspiriert mich selbst sehr zu kreativer Arbeit. Zahlreiche meiner Idole wie Picasso, Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein Simone de Beauvoir und Jane Austen sind hier vertreten und gleichzeitig ist das Buch an sich sehr ästhetisch und hochwertig. Deshalb von mir volle 5 Sterne
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