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Daily Rituals
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work | Mason Currey
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 inspiredand inspiringminds, 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, magically inspiring.
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Maria514626
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Ingmar Bergman. #24b4monday
I forgot to start tracking my time.
About 2 hours yesterday. (I‘m loving Mrs. Saint and the Defectives.)
Today‘s reading time: some. 😂

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Maria514626
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Starting the #24b4monday day with this one. It's been on my TBR for ages.

Recommended by Todd Henry, author of the thought-provoking and challenging The Accidental Creative and Louder then Words (and others).

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TheReadingCompanion
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Reading this in the mornings makes me want to be more productive during the day. Just a couple of pages everyday. Notes on great, funny or ingenious ways to get to work.

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MEGR
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Bedtime reading 📖

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Vertabrain
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“Writers always devise ways to approach that place where they expect to make the contact, where they become the conduit, or where they engage in this mysterious process.” ~ Toni Morrison

#writers #goals #work #motivation #writersoflitsy

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Leigh_Medeiros
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Pile o' books I've been using as reference for various book-related creative questions I've had (such as how do different writers structure their introductions?) 📚 #amwriting

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Booksnchill
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An outgrowth of his “Daily Routines” blog, this book gathers paragraph long entries about the creative routines of 160 artists, writers, composers, scientists, architects. Ranging from Beethoven to Twyla Tharp and Maya Angelou to Immanuel Kant this book was a very quick read and fascinating.

jillannjohn I just ordered this. Sounds interesting. 2y
Booksnchill I always like reading about artist routines and processes- this is a good array. Apparently the author also had a blog I will be checking out- hope you enjoy it! @jillannjohn (edited) 2y
Louise Glad to hear this is a good book! It's been on my Amazon wishlist since popping up as a "you-may-also-like. . ." suggestion! 2y
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Suelizbeth
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This is simply a book detailing famous personages‘ daily routines. It is surprisingly fascinating. I think it is so, because we are eavesdropping on their lives. #MMDbookclub #24in48 #24in48readathon #bookflight First book done.

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Suelizbeth
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When your book buying is unregulated, you end up with one more copy than you need. I‘m reading the paperback copy, but I prefer the dust jacket of the hardcover copy. This is an interesting compilation of famous personages‘ routines. I thought it would be dry reading, but it‘s actually quite entertaining. #MMDbookclub #bookflight

rachelk That‘s how I ended up with three copies of A Confederacy of Dunces. Lol! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Suelizbeth @rachelk 😂😂 2y
batsy I enjoyed this too! 2y
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RosieBoo65
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Pickpick

As a flight read with Deep Work, this book outlines the daily routines from a number of creative types - writers, composers, philosophers, painters, inventors and the like. I found the book fascinating. Each short section started with their birth year and death year (if applicable) and I would first see how many years they lived compared to what they accomplished. Convicting! #mmdbookclub #idratherbereading

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TheSketchyReader
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Artist Blogging West Highland White Terrier Perylene Red Dark Chocolate Cuban Coffee Tea Roses Summer Chicago Cubbies and Alabama Crimson Tide. Thanks for the fun @hermyknee #litsylovelist

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rekahlee
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This was recommended to me today, and though I've already read it, it was worth a revisit. #inspiring #thewriterlife

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sarahgreatlove
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I've been wanting to read this for ages and it didn't disappoint. It was fascinating to learn about the daily routines of so many creative geniuses. I was particularly encouraged by how many of the authors wrote only in their spare time and held down other jobs. To think that 2 hours writing a day is what amazing authors like Toni Morrison and Agatha Christie averaged is hugely encouraging. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookBabe
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Listening to this awesome inspiring audiobook, and putting the finishing touches on this painting I've been working on for you lovely Littens! 😊 ❤️ 🎨 Should be ready to show you soon!

Sarah83 The little preview looks already gorgeous. 😍 2y
BookBabe @Sarah83 thank you! 😊❤️ 2y
BookBabe @ForeverNerdy 😊❤️ 2y
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Joyfulmimi
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I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating. It really got me to thinking about myself given that I am a person with habitual daily rituals. As is true with many books that we love, its great to learn we are not alone, that there are those out there somewhere who may think and act like us in some regards.

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Joyfulmimi
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I have never been able to compose unless sure that no one could hear me.-Igor Stravinsky (I wonder why many find the creative process to be so grueling?)

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Joyfulmimi
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He shut himself up in his room for whole days, weeping, walking, breaking his pens, repeating and altering a bar a hundred times... 😳(So interesting)

LauraBrook That is interesting! And I really like their relationship, for some reason it fascinates me. And makes me want to watch Impromptu again, it's been years. ❤️🎶 2y
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Joyfulmimi
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I am pretty sure that this will be a fun and fascinating read. I will plow through it quickly and let you know.

Jinjer It sounds good! Please do let us know! 2y
InnerSavvy I found it ok, nothing great. 2y
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Ms.Story
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Fascinating view into the lives of writers, composers, etc. Not one I felt compelled to read cover to cover, but I did enjoy reading about those writers familiar to me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Utopiyll
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Guess who's back 🤗
I had a short hiatus because of some family issues! I finally feel alright to come back, hopefully I haven't missed out on much! 🌿
// Bought these two today at a bookstore! So aesthetically pleasing
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#literature #classic #author #art #artists

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BookBabe
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#24in48 #readathon recap! Top row is books I read and am still reading; bottom row is books I read start to finish during the Readathon. Not bad! Some really good stuff here. Any jump out at you? Something you've read, something you want to read? 😊📚🤗

MrBook How do you do this? You have to teach me. 😊😍😘 2y
BookBabe Certainly, my love, I'll be happy to. 😘 2y
thenamesbondvagabond Y'all are too cute! 😄 2y
MellieAntoinette @bookbabe how are you liking 5th Avenue Artist's Society? Any good? 2y
BookBabe @thecomfykitchen it is pretty good. I love the subject matter and time period. It has the feel of a first novel, though...but I am enjoying it. 👍🏻 2y
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monalyisha
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Has anyone read the book "Daily Rituals"? It's been years since I did, but I sometimes find myself spouting random trivia that's stuck with me.

For instance, I just had a conversation with my husband about smuggling things into the country (strange foods, mostly) & I off-handedly mentioned that time Patricia Highsmith smuggled live snails into the U.S... under her boobs. ??

Eyelit Why did Patricia Highsmith want to smuggle snails to begin with? 2y
monalyisha @Eyelit She loved snails. She had "300 or so in her garden in Suffolk, England. She even said that she took 100 of them to a cocktail party in London, in a gigantic handbag that contained a head of lettuce. “Her companions for the evening”." She moved to France & couldn't bear to part with them, so she smuggled 7 under each breast. ??? You know. Like you do. (edited) 2y
Eyelit That is fascinating! Better her than me, I guess. Just thinking of snails on any part of my body gives me the heebie jeebie shivers 😆 2y
Soubhiville Eeeeeewwww. I like seeing snails, watching them, but no way. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I find people's daily routines interesting so this book appealed to me. Lots of artists have structured schedule of rising, eating, & working. But twice as many couldn't function without pills to wake & work and pills to sleep.
Fascinating.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Just a few pages in and I have learned that Thomas Wolfe needed to stroke his creative energies.🍆 #euphemism 🤷

CocoReads 😂😂 2y
monkeygirlsmama Oh my! ( said in my best George Takei voice ) 🤣 2y
saresmoore Haha! 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Well, that's what I'll be thinking about whenever I see his books now 😳😂 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Hope I haven't scarred you for life! 2y
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batsy
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Enjoyed this. Less of a book to read front to back than to dip in occasionally. Brief descriptions of the artists' daily practices. Some of the anecdotes are simply fascinating. On Patricia Highsmith: "When she later moved to France, Highsmith had to get around the prohibition against bringing live snails into the country. So she smuggled them in, making multiple trips across the border with six to ten of the creatures hidden under each breast."

LeahBergen 🤔 3y
batsy @LeahBergen the logistics of it is mind boggling 3y
JazzFeathers And why would she smuggle snails? 🤔 3y
batsy @JazzFeathers Apparently she once said, "They give me a sort of tranquility". And showed up to a cocktail party once with a gigantic handbag filled with a head of lettuce and a hundred snails, "her companions for the evening". 3y
JazzFeathers @batsy 😂😂😂 Writers are a strange lot 3y
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laurencjay
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Come for the books, stay for the bookish cocktails! #booksandbrews

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ErinBumG
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When you put together a care package and you're so pleased with the ribbon that you have to take a pic before taping it shut and mailing it.

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batsy
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Since I'm floundering, ritual-less, I decided to start on this.

saresmoore I've been floundering, too. This looks interesting! 3y
batsy @saresmoore According to the author quite a few great minds floundered, so we're in good company. I'm only a few pages in but it seems entertaining, just the thing to dip in and out of while procrastinating on one's own work! 3y
saresmoore @batsy Ahahaha! 3y
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suvata
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Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995): "Ill at ease around most people, she had an unusually intense connection with animals—particularly cats, but also snails, which she bred at home."

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suvata
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Francis Bacon (1909–1992): “I often like working with a hangover,” he said, “because my mind is crackling with energy and I can think very clearly.”

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suvata
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W. H. Auden (1907–1973): Auden regarded amphetamines as one of the “labor-saving devices” in the “mental kitchen”.

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suvata
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Interesting idea. Plan on reading a chapter or two a day.

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AmyWrites
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Pickpick

I love this book. I've gotten it twice from the library now and probably just need to buy it.

brendanmleonard I need to read this. 3y
Shortstack This has been on my wish list forever!! 3y
AmyWrites @Shortstack @brendanmleonard It's very easy to read...1-2 pages on each artist so you can pick up and read anywhere! 3y
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inharmsway
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"I have the words already. What I am seeking is the perfect order of words in the sentences I have." - James Joyce

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triskeleseeker
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As someone struggling with my own academic and creative pursuits, it's refreshing to peruse these short blurbs about some of my favorite people and be forced to remember: there is no right way. You do you.