I loved this book. Fascinating vignettes into the lives and habits of a wide range of artists, scientists, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers, playwrights, choreographers, writers, composers, and painters. If you are looking for photographers, well, keep looking. This should speak volumes about how photogs are viewed, at least in my opinion, and most often rightly so. But, there are a few I would have loved a glimpse at.
Mason Currey’s “Daily Rituals” is well put together. The trim size, the typeface, font size, and paper type are a joy to handle. This is such an important part of paper books and why they still sell in high numbers. (Sorry person who said paper books are dead every year for the last fifteen years.) Don’t read this on a Kindle. Buy it then share it or check it out. Worth it, trust me.
One of the many fascinating things about this book is the consistency amongst artists. Pills, booze, caffeine, nicotine, but also with things like letter writing and long walks. And, for the most part, there is structure of some sort. Structure with things like time, place, duration, and printed goals.
You should know upfront the vast majority of these artists work a lot harder than you do, a lot harder than I do. There is simply no other way, and for many, it is an epic battle hence the pills, booze, caffeine, nicotine, and range of other vices that are at times hilarious.
At the moment, there are plenty of artists living under the internet-guided delusion that instant notoriety is a birth rite. I’m here, now, worship me, but this book is a testament to how long and rocky the road to fame actually is. And, more importantly, how much are you willing to give up? Thank God most of the folks featured came along before the internet and more specifically before social media. Even with minds like these, they would have been no match. Get it, read it.