I can't say enough good things about this book. Simple, straight-forward, and all the things that you probably forget about when you get a little tooI can't say enough good things about this book. Simple, straight-forward, and all the things that you probably forget about when you get a little too focused on creating things. This book is great for every creative pursuit and is a spectacular reality check that many of us creatives need on a regular basis. A must-have for every creatives' bookshelf!...more
This book was incredibly fascinating and mind-churning. I highly appreciated the numerous historical references Johnson made, developing an overarchinThis book was incredibly fascinating and mind-churning. I highly appreciated the numerous historical references Johnson made, developing an overarching understanding of creativity in any era, no matter the "advantages" or "disadvantages" that time frame may have had. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I would have liked to have read more action steps on how to incorporate what is shared in each chapter. Johnson does a wonderful job of explaining his points so there is no confusion as to what he's trying to share, but having some additional bullet points on how to take the next step with all this new knowledge would have been appreciated. All in all, I think this is a fantastic book and one that I'm sure I'll be reading many times over....more
This book was a royal mindf**k in the best possible way. At times, I had to stop reading and highlight lines that I've personally said or written befoThis book was a royal mindf**k in the best possible way. At times, I had to stop reading and highlight lines that I've personally said or written before. Half of the time, I felt like I was reading my own journal.
I've read a lot of the other reviews about this book, and most of them make some very intelligent points. The key thing for me is that you have to keep in mind what you're reading. This wasn't meant to be Stephen King or Shakespeare. It's the story of a kid who loves music, and Her, and can't choose between the two.
For anyone who was bummed by the ending, or started to hate one (or both) of the main characters, again, I think you missed the point. Most people have deduced that a good chunk of the book was ripped straight for Pete Wentz's life, with some minor details changed.
With that in mind, this book is raw, emotional, intense, passionate, curious, hopeful, idealistic, driven, scared, lonely, creative, unstable; with a main character who is medicated, doesn't trust anyone, tries to control everything, is enamored with words, filled with dreams, frightened of success, and terrified of the alternative.
It reads like a journal, with little notice to grammar or straightforward flow. You bounce between his thoughts and actual conversations, though most of your time is spent inside his thoughts.
To put it simply, this book is real. Is it perfect? No. No book is, of course, but I personally found myself relating very deeply to the main character, hearkening back to my young days of mental instability, prescriptions, psychiatrist appointments, big dreams, and big fears. I'd wager that not everyone can relate to that, but for those of us that can, this was a breath of fresh air because all we really want to know is that we aren't alone; we aren't the only ones dealing with these things ... and we're not alone, no matter how gray life feels....more