Daily RitualsI just might be adding Daily Rituals by Mason Currey to my list of "favorite inspirational books."  Then again, I love structure/rituals/habit and this book is all about the daily habits of over 150 artists. For example, we learn that Franz Kafka wrote that “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.”  Who wouldn't feel reassured by that?   There are tidbits about and excerpts from Jane Austen,  Anthony Trollope, Pablo Picasso, and Woody Allen.  Since I love reading about artists and how they spend/spent their days, some of the material is already familiar to me (the Twyla Tharp section is right out of The Creative Habit), but having all these rituals collected in one place is priceless. And, like all the best reading, I'm inspired to read more by the same author (selected articles here). I do think some simple pen & ink illustrations inside would take it over the top for me.  Perhaps I should stop reading my library copy, buy my own, and draw them myself?
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6 Responses to Wednesday Book Club: Daily Rituals.

  1. Kate Ostrem says:

    Need to add this to my list – sounds really good. I love the “office is a horror” portion of that Kafka quote – I hear you loud and clear, Franz!

    • gina says:

      I have only read a dozen or so of the entries in the book so far, but already it seems full of pithy quotes like that. Definitely need my own copy (to read with pencil in hand)!

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