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Authenticity by Deirdre Madden
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Nov 27, 10

Read in November, 2010

Great insights into the costs of following one's creative muse and also the costs of not following. Also down-to-earth observations about art-making in general. Well-paced and well-constructed; a psychological page-turner, with interesting jumps back and forth in time. With its focus on art-making, I was fascinated by this book; however, I was mildly disappointed in the ending; it had dramatic effect, but at the cost of relying on broader clichés about artists. This included the Vincent-Theo-like relationship between the central artist character and his brother; but there must be reasons for clichés, as this relationship was by far the most interesting in the book.
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