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Daily Rituals Audiobook

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

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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").

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

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    Pamela Crawford Berkeley CA USA 06-15-14
    Pamela Crawford Berkeley CA USA 06-15-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "The narrator detracts"
    Would you try another book from Mason Currey and/or Adam Verner?

    The narrator detracts consistently throughout this book with mispronunciations of authors' and other names and places. If you have a lot of foreign (especially French) words, hire someone who can pronounce them or at least take the trouble to learn how to say them for the duration of the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mason Currey? Why or why not?

    It was an easy listen, er, "read"


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Consistent mispronunciations (try Sho-pan, not Sho-PON for Chopin, for instance...it grates on the ear, causes listener to not pay attention to the subject, just the delivery). Narrator sounds like an ignoramus or arrogant American who can't be bothered to learn how to say foreign words properly. It's not rocket science, just educated. Oh, and respectful. The narrator sounds like a fool.


    Do you think Daily Rituals needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, it's just a compendium of factoids, pretty well put together, but more in depth or anecdotal stories of various authors would have been appreciated.


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    Aaron 06-18-16
    Aaron 06-18-16
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    "Routine, routine, routine"

    Routine, routine, routine. Being independently wealthy helps, as does hard work, but mostly routine. Call it what you will - hard work, tenacity, grit. There’s no shortage of any of that. None of this guarantees success in art or life, but it is the common theme to creativity. Would like to see a Vol. 2 with contemporary artists like James Franco and Joss Wheadon.

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    Andrew C. Mann 05-15-16
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    "expected more"

    If you are hoping to find inspiration or direction for your own artist rituals, you will be disappointed.

    This book reminded me of grade school reports. It reviews their diet, a breakdown of their day, their relationships, ect.

    Was highly disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Afonso 04-01-16
    Afonso 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book for inspiration and fun facts"

    The narrator is great listened at 1.25x could have been faster. I only whish there was a searchable index of authors by name.

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    Annette Scotts Valley, CA, USA 03-18-16
    Annette Scotts Valley, CA, USA 03-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Very disappointing"

    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.

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    Nicholas 02-26-16
    Nicholas 02-26-16
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    "Was not impressed"

    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.

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    diego 08-21-15
    diego 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting but mostly about writers"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    im a painter, I wish they had more diverse artists and painters. the book should be tilted how
    writers work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MistyKat Australia 07-06-15
    MistyKat Australia 07-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Short snips of over 100 artist committment styles"

    Unusual, I don't think there is another book like it. There is around 160 artist; poets, writers, painters, etc. Mason Currey writes only 1 to 2 paragraphs giving a quick explanation of who they are, what they are known for and how they accomplished there works of art. If you are looking for something in depth, this is not the book. But it will allow you to understand there is no set rule to making it; but persistence is key and to beware of the sirens that will call you away from your work.

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    Laila Springfield Gardens, New York, United States 04-07-15
    Laila Springfield Gardens, New York, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2016

    Knowledge is the only thing you can never lose, and that's why I'm here. Knowledge thrills me.

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    "Doesn't work as an audiobook!"

    I thought it would be interesting to know how the different artists worked throughout the decade, and even though this is exactly what this book presents, it wasn't presented with value. The number of artists is huge, but I would have rather read the book and kept it for reference, rather than listened to it.

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    Patrick Casey 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "yawn"

    imagine creative people doing simple things
    not interesting or inspired . a collection of quotations from data on the internet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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