Live with the paradoxes, keep it light, invite ego and fear along for the ride only to keep an eye on 'em, ideas are living consciousnesses and lookinLive with the paradoxes, keep it light, invite ego and fear along for the ride only to keep an eye on 'em, ideas are living consciousnesses and looking for receptive workers, trust, be stubborn glad, keep working, love the process, be the court lobster.
From my blog: This book is Ms. Gilbert’s personal thoughts and her own exploration of how to be creative, how to MAKE art, why to make art. And art is totally subjective; whatever art is in you - go DO it. Let that idea chase you down and find you to be its partner. ...more
I remember reading a review of this and tbr-ing it immediately; then and still seeing how many of my other goofy reading friends also liked it. OtherI remember reading a review of this and tbr-ing it immediately; then and still seeing how many of my other goofy reading friends also liked it. Other than that, I had NO IDEA what this book was about it and it was not what I would have expected. I really REALLY enjoyed this nutty crazy romp until... I would recommend this book to people who don't read much - does that make sense? Like I do believe my husband (who LOVED The Martian and sadly the only book he read before that was something by Tom Clancy.) would like this one. It's farcical and violent and has some unevenness, but I liked it. It has a few questions never answered (Just how did Carolyn first find Erwin? Did I miss that?!) I found much humor and much tenderness but I can see this wouldn't be for everyone. That's OK. It was what I call a fun-romp. Unexpected, wild ride and funny yet with sweet moments; I liked it. But I like the Kill Bill movies and most of the movies Clive Owen ever starred in. If THAT means anything to you and you understand, then you might like this book. ...more
Based on the reaction at today's bookclub, I am in the minority for loving this. Just my kind of book, I guess. But why do I feel the need to apologizBased on the reaction at today's bookclub, I am in the minority for loving this. Just my kind of book, I guess. But why do I feel the need to apologize or temper my five stars by saying, "Well I loved it but I doubt anyone else will." Raspberries! I liked it a lot. Amazing? Yes, to me. Not "Should be amazingly adored by everyone!" Skillfully constructed, well-balanced and authentic seeming characters, (and by 'well-balanced', I mean in how they were presented, not the character's personalities!) Sure, suspend some beliefs but yet, as a reader, I didn't doubt ANY of it. I totally get that some people might not find it authentic and rather thought it silly, even; but I loved it. (Some one thought the relationships were as dry and arid as Western Texas.) I don't know why it made sense to me and was believable or why I didn't feel I needed to believe that two strangers sharing a car is possible or 'would ever never happen'. Who cares - it works in this story. The Buick Electra was a character and I didn't care that the last chapter 'didn't make any sense' or that the story of the mother and dot who followed the car in Indiana was odd and didn't connect. I loved it. So, if you want to experience this book and you know I hate to give spoilers, just know this: The first ten pages are WHAM!-punch. And then the author inserts little short stories about a Buick Electra. Pay attention to the years on the chapter titles and just roll with it. It might have helped that I read the last 2/3 of this book in two days. I was not expecting to 5-star this when in the first 1/3; I thought it had chances of being a solid 3-star. But something about the prose and the thoughts shared and the emotions provoked pushed it into the amazing realm. I loved it. I suspect that most of my book club would have given it 2-3 stars... (AND I bet they are very worried that I am extremely excited about our next book! The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Totally different book, I'm sure, but they are nervous.)...more