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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

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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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