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Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce is a collection of essays spanning thirty years of engagement with the culture of our times. Peter Clothier is a long-time student of the dharma and a meditation practitioner. In this context he examines the qualities of compassion, perseverance, and discernment in his reflections on the artist s p ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 31st 2010 by Parami Press LLC (first published January 7th 2010)
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Daniel
Jan 29, 2010 Daniel rated it it was amazing
I am not an artist, per se. Nevertheless, I found this little book to be profound and useful.

It relies on a bit of Buddhist philosophy for its premise, which is fine with me. It even includes some easy breathing exercises that offer a good beginner's guide to meditation.

I believe that, for those who worry about the effect of the "military-industrial complex," on our daily lives, our values and our culture, a mode of opposition is starting to develop that is more effective than the sixties-styl
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Grady
May 27, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
Bandages, Vulnerability, and Creativity

Peter Clothier is alarmingly wise, committed, honest, and vibrant an artist. His passion in life is writing: his passion has positively affected more artists than is calculable. Though he has been a teacher and administrator of some of our more important art institutions - be they schools or journals or lecture circuits - he is first and foremost a poet. Yes, he has written several books of poetry and that is one of the many tangents he addresses in this bo
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Mark
Feb 20, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: frist-reads
A survival guide for artists so they do not loose or have their goals forgotten.
The Persist Sprint can be applied to others to help give them persistence.
A must read.
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Mike Tracy
Jun 11, 2015 Mike Tracy rated it really liked it
One of the best descriptions of the art consciousness I've come across:

"...I trust you'll understand that in talking about the role of the heart in telling me who you are, I am not advocating some simple-minded notion of sincerity. Those who follow the path of personal sincerity too often end up with nothing more than sentimental pap. I'm looking for something sterner, something more rigorous, the kind of self-examination that is unafraid to explore even - perhaps especially- those parts of our
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Garrett Dunnington
Jan 29, 2010 Garrett Dunnington rated it really liked it
Shelves: influential, 2010
For such a quick read, this book does more than inform. I think Clothier combines information and a subtle and comprehensive method on how to thrive in this world as an artist in any form: musician, painter, writer and poet.
With his empirical background, I think he has a lot to say in such a tiny book. He doesn't beat me over the head, and his writing style simply does not bore me. At the same time, I think because it is an indie book, he writes passages from his blog as well as lectures which I
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Gregg Chadwick
Feb 23, 2010 Gregg Chadwick rated it it was amazing
Peter Clothier's "Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce" arrives at the perfect time. As the art world tries to reinvent itself in the current economic malaise, Clothier's book inspires us to see the soul and spirit inherent in the creative process. Money may not be the root of all evil but it is the root of a lot of bad art. Peter Clothier challenges artists, writers, actors and filmmakers to value artistic process as a goal in itself rather than a path to ...more
Michael
Nov 16, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
I loved many parts of this book and I'd recommend it highly to artists, writers, and other creative types. The author ties together his experiences as an academic, art observer, and writer with his studies of Buddhist philosophy and practice, as well as voicing some of his left-leaning political views. I found many of his observations helpful and his points sharp and well-argued, even if his self-identification with the under-appreciated, struggling artists of the world simply did not ring true ...more
Sabr!na
Feb 04, 2010 Sabr!na rated it it was amazing
I'm hesitant to give any book 5 stars because, by my definition, that means it must be pretty close to perfect. However, this book was very exceptional. Clothier's voice sincere and intelligent thoughout his practical and inspiring essays. The book was a quick read too; he manages to say a lot in such few words. He brings up important ideas that should be addressed in our modern, fast paced world; this book helped me see that creativity and persistance are necessary for our true success.
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This wets my appetite for more from this author. just the title alone is worth contemplating.
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Peter Clothier is an internationally-known writer who specializes in writing about art and artists. He believes in avoiding the jargon that obscures much current writing about art, and in writing simply, clearly, in language that the lay person can readily understand. He seeks to achieve a harmony of mind, heart, and body in his work, and looks for this quality in the artists he writes about. A re ...more
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