By Mason Currey
- Release Date: 2013-04-23
- Genre: Reference
Daily Rituals Mason Currey Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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It Should Have Been Called "Daily Rituals: How Writers Work"
By the truth as it is
This is a book that lacks rigor or imagination. It proports to be a book about the daily rituals of creative people in all walks of life. In fact, it's mainly about the daily working habits of writers. Moreover, what little coverage of non-writers there is is haphazard. For example, the artists discussed are mostly the big name painters you would find in a first edition of the "History of Art" by H. W. Janson and almost all the musicians covered were classical composers. The motivation for this book does not derive from a need to provide a diverse overview of creative people in a variety of genres; it is motivated instead by the author's personal preferences. As a result it feels like a book that needed to be updated before it was even published. While the book does provide some insights into the working habits of creative people, it sometimes goes off-track. With the painter, Henri Matisse, we only learn that the artist didn't give his models any time off. That's an interesting tidbit, but it hardly gives a glimpse into Matisse's working methods.
If anything can be extracted from the anecodotes in the book it may be that with a few notable exceptions, most creative people develop a working routine and stick to it.