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").
Brilliantly compiled and edited, and filled with detail and anecdote, Daily Rituals is irresistible, addictive, and magically inspiring.
©2013 Mason Currey (P)2013 Timothy Ferriss
Tim Ferriss did amazing with the narration. I wish this had people who are influential in today's day instead of the early 1900s and late 1800s
This is not a book; it is a list. Lists have their place, but they don't tell a story. Nor do they go into much depth. I get it that there are "list people" out there. If you are one, buy this book. If you want something with depth, look elsewhere.
It is broken down into small nuggets of Interesting, sometimes trivial, facets of many artists routines and rituals. Very entertaining and grounding.
This book is just short descriptions one after another of some of the daily rituals well known artists and authors had. You'll not find inspiration or enlightenment by listening to this book unless you wanted to know how much alcohol and drugs a specific person consumed while writing a particular book.
Can't think of any. It's just a boring book.
Yes, Give me some contrast and insights on the rituals and habits. Perhaps some data analytics. it's more of a high level view than any depth or insight.
Well, read, I'll say that much.
This may be an interesting read as a written book but as an audio book it is most unsatisfying. Structured as a series of short blurbs about how famous people lived their lives ostensibly as a way to inform the reader/listener that in fact there are many ways to structure one's life. As an audiobook it is too frenetic leaving one in a whirlwind of stories none of which are connected and wishing that you could go back and re-experience the stories you liked in ways that are not practical in the format.
This is the flattest story I have read in a long time. The topic is very interesting, but the author only strings together short pieces of information. Absolutely no depth or insight about any of the people he writes about. I was extremely disappointed.
If you would like to know about a few quirks and a brief summary of many well known artistic figures, then this is a great book. You can learn about all of the drug strung and mental disorders that influenced all of the "great" artists that we so highly revere.
There is no analytic look at the artists as a whole. what commonality they had which one could draw from and implement into ones life. I would not recommend this book. Save yourself the time and money.
As someone who enjoys pouring over my own routine and rituals, I found each of these little bite size chapters so encouraging and fascinating. As it turns out, they majority of the world's greatest artists were all addictive, impulsive, insomniacs.
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