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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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yawn

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

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Repetitive

The idea of the book is interesting and I did enjoy hearing of the daily habits of all the famous writers and artists. There are definitely some good nuggets and takeaways.

However, after hearing about the daily rituals of 50 people I didn't find much value in listening to the next 110. There are no actionable takeaways provided or summary of the 'best' daily habits to implement in your own day.

If you want to hear 160 examples of daily habits in 1.5 to 3 minute intervals this book will serve you well.

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Loved it, but wish it had current people

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

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Insightful and Entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is broken down into small nuggets of Interesting, sometimes trivial, facets of many artists routines and rituals. Very entertaining and grounding.

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  • Daniel
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  • 01-22-14

Not much Depth

Is there anything you would change about this 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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mason Currey again?

Well, read, I'll say that much.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don't Bother

What disappointed you about Daily Rituals?

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.

Has Daily Rituals turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Verner’s performances?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Can't think of any. It's just a boring book.

Any additional comments?

No

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Great...

Although I wish some of these short bios were longer Currey does an excellent job covering numerous authors. I have read the biographies of several of the artist that Currey covered and he did a fine job...

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Encourages Wrong Behavior

What would have made Daily Rituals better?

Author should have focused on the daily rituals of people we should aspire to be like. Simply creating a well-known or well-received book is not sufficient accomplishment to justify modeling the author's habits. Instead, The character of the author should be taken into consideration. the author of Daily Rituals doesn't take his subject's character into consideration - or elevates those with bad character to aspirational status.

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Worthless

Seems I should be drinking and eating to excess. What a waste of time and money.

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Insightful and Intriguing

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work was thoroughly enjoyable and insightful, Giving a glimpse into the habits, lives, and creative processes of a huge cross section of highly influential artists. My takeaways from this book will greatly affect the way that I organize my life for more productive and enjoyable creative output