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How artists work, how they ritualize their days with the comforting (mundane) details of their lives: their daily routines, fears, dreams, naps, eating habits, and other prescribed, finely calibrated "subtle maneuvers" that help them use time, summon up willpower, exercise self-discipline and keep themselves afloat with optimism.

Artists considering how they work--in letter
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published 2013 by Picador
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Jessica Baldwin I think it's more about realizing that every creative person has a different way of approaching their lifestyle. Some folks are incredibly disciplined…moreI think it's more about realizing that every creative person has a different way of approaching their lifestyle. Some folks are incredibly disciplined and routine in their habits, others less so. I found lots of great ideas for new ways to organize my day, and realized I was being way too hard on myself about the amount of time I should spend on my work each day. (less)
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Anthony
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating!

Every creative person follows a different path to chase their muse, but at the same time some definite patterns emerge in the lives of these artists. (The people in this book are the sort that are known by just their last name — Proust, Darwin, Picasso, Descartes, Tchaikovsky, Pollock, Faulkner, Twain etc.)

Here are some things that highly creative people gravitate towards:

1. lots of coffee!
2. working hard but, surprisingly often for only a short burst of time. Many writers only work
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Emma Sea
As Daniel noted, this isn't a book you read, as much as sample from time to time.

A few things seemed to be commonalities:

Work every day: don't wait for "inspiration"

The women all had to fit creative work around housework and childcare as well. Ugh, been there.

Avoid alcoholism!

Almost everyone struggles to get up as early as they planned in the morning.

Keep your day job if you are not already making a full-time living from writing - bonus points for utilizing work time and supplies for your own w
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Mohammad Ali

نمره ی واقعی: سه و نیم

برای من کتابی بود خواندنی به دلیل اینکه سرتاسر بیان چگونگی کنار آمدن با خود بود - با ذهنیات و با بدن خود. کتاب، کتاب تجربه بود، تجربه ی آدم های مختلفی که سعی می کردند بین اموری که در دستشان نیست - مثل توان بدنی، وسواس های فکری و ... - و اموری که خواستار آنند جمع کنند. و این کتاب به نظرم باز هم خواندنی تر بود چون نشان می داد که این تجربه یک مواجهه ی شخصی است و نه اصولی عام و بایدهایی همگانی


بعضی بخش ها برایم جالب تر بودند مثلا: تامس وولف، پاتریشیا های اسمیت، مورتون فلدمن، آنت
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Kelsey
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I love getting a peek into the lives of writers, artists, scientists, etc. to learn of their everyday routines. This book is not one to read straight through. I enjoyed the flexibility of reading bits here & there.
However, I have one major and one minor complaint. The major complaint is: where are the women? It seemed that 80 - 90% of this book was a sausage factory. Very off-putting. Inexcusable.
The minor complaint is one of author interjection. When discussing an aspect of Simone de Beau
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باقر هاشمی
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to باقر by: دکتر درونگرا
چندبار توی کتابفروشی این کتاب رو تورّق کرده بودم اما نخریده بودمش تا اینکه یک روز دکتر درونگرا پیشنهاد کرد این کتاب رو بخونم و از اونجایی که معتقدم در زندگی هیچ چیز تصادفی نیست، گفتم انگار خوندنش واجب شده...
این کتاب، نوشتههای مبسوط وبلاگی با همین عنوان هست. متنش علمی نیست و بیشتر جنبهی تزریق انرژی داره. دربارهی بعضیها خیلی مختصر گفته و دربارهی بعضیها یهکم مختصر گفته.
کتاب خوبیه. خیلی بهتر از کتابهای زرد موفقیته. بعد از خوندنش یک شَمای کلّی از برنامهی روزانهی هنرمندان بزرگ یا هنرمندانی که فکر میک
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Hamid e  Naser
چيزي يافتم در اين كتاب كه برايم بسيار باارزش بود. اين است كه بسيار دوستش داشتم و توصيه دارم به خواندنش چرا كه بي گمان هر خواننده اي رمز خودش را در آن خواهد يافت، آنچه را كه ميخواهد. رمزگشايي جملههاي ابتدايي كتاب كه از توماس مان است را پس از گذشت يك سوم از آن مي شود خوب درك كرد! مي گويد: چه كسي ميتواند به اسرار ذات و صفات نبوغ هنري پي ببرد؟ كيست كه بتواند به دراميختگي فطري و عميق انضباط و بي بند و باري دست يابد كه سنگ بناي اين نبوغ است؟ جدن كه شاهكاره!
و اما نكته ي برجسته اي از دل تمام عادتهاي روز
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El
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's my daily ritual, for those keeping tabs:

My alarm goes off at 5:00 am, at which time I wake just long enough to take my medicine: Benzedrine. Then I "sleep" for another hour, until my alarm goes off at 6:00 am; at this time, I am ready to rock and roll. I spend 25 minutes in the bathroom doing various bathroom acts, and I'm out the door by 6:38 am to walk to my writing studio where my pet sloth, Salvatore, meets me at the door. (This is also where he left me the night before, which makes m
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Iman Vaezi
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
عنوان انگلیسی از واژه ریچوال استفاده کرده است که با عادات و آداب فرق دارد، ریچوال به مراسمی گفته میشود که طی آن سلسله کارهایی بر اساس دستورالعملی از پیش تعیین شده، برای نیل به هدفی خاص انجام میگیرد. هدف خاص در این مورد افزایش خلاقیت و بهرهوری است و دستورالعمل را خودشان معین میکردند (در این مورد توضیحی در کتاب داده نشده است). نویسنده تلاش کرده دریابد که چگونه افراد بزرگ کارهای خلاق انجام میدهند، در حالی که زندگی هم میکنند؟ دستیابی به چنین توفیقی نیاز به ریچوال دارد.

نویسنده در مقدمه توضیح میدهد که
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Inna Swinton
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book that you can pick up and put down at your leisure and still enjoy a lot. Perfect for reading on the subway! Also - I learned a lot about habits of creative people - both good and bad. Most loved coffee and had hours during which they cannot be disturbed by family members (if they worked from home). Most importantly - you can feel inspired because so many very effective authors wrote for only 2 - yes, that's two hours a day! Yes, they spent other time on business - corresponden ...more
SeyedMahdi Hosseini
1- اگر با مطالعه این کتاب به دنبال کشف عادات مفید مشاهیر هستید تا درصورت لزوم به عادتهای خودتان اضافه کنید، در اشتباهید چون احیانا چیزی بیشتر از ساعات بیدار شدن متفاوت در شبانه روز، نوشیدن قهوه، الکل و امثالهم دستگیرتان نمیشود.
2- با توجه به نام و تعریفی که از کتاب شنیده بودم در انتخاب آن شک نکردم و چند صفحه ابتدایی را همانند کتابهای دیگر با دقت مطالعه میکردم ولی بعد از آنکه متوجه شدم علاقهای به نوع غذا و ساعات نوشتن این افراد ندارم، بقیه کتاب را فقط سریع مرور کردم.
3- همیشه با ستارهای که به کتاب
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Ruel
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

A collection of interesting and not-so-interesting anecdotes about famous artists' daily routines. Spawned from his blog about writers' daily routines, Mason Currey has expanded his original into this book to include artists from all mediums, including writers, painters, architects, dancers, choreographers, photographers, and more.

Because these are simply retellings about a person's work habits, the format grows old quickly. One can only read so many "I wake up early and begin writing
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Parastoo
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
کتابِ خاصی نبود ولی ترجمهاش خیلی تمیز و روان بود. شاید کتاب برای بعضیها نکاتی داشته باشه ولی خب من که استفادهٔ خاصی نکردم از چیزیش. خودخواهیه ولی دلم میخواد کتابهای حسابیتری همچین ترجمهٔ خوبی داشته باشه.
از نشرِ ماهی بعیده که ندونه وقتی پرانتز باز میشه بعدش فاصله نداره تا کلمه شروع بشه. توی کل کتاب روی اعصاب بود.
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Amanda Roper
I certainly give this book five stars for how interesting it is and the level of research it must have taken to assemble the over 150 different “daily rituals” into one volume.

HOWEVER…

This book absolutely pissed me off and I haven’t sworn at a book in quite a long time. This book is a freaking sausage fest. There are over 150 creators profiled in this book and only 26 women are represented. What. the. f*ck? There are also very few people of color or from non-American/European countries and nearl
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7jane
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been fascinated by daily rituals/routines people have, just like I like to see what their homes look like, and what's on their bookshelf/ves. This books compiles together routines from authors, artists, artchitects, psychologists, those of math/physics world and perhaps some others. There's much variety between how their spend their days, with some interesting details (at least two do handstands to help their work, one liked to look at cows and one liked to wash hands a lot and sing ...more
Jason
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neat little book!

It's hard, really, to review this. It's not a novel, more of a collection of information on how different artists (writers, painters, composers, mostly) came to create their work. It's a look into their daily rituals, an examination into what makes them tick.

A few interesting things cropped up. There are threads of similarities in a great many of the artists included in this book:

1. Coffee and alcohol are the fuel of the artistic mind, often both consumed in the same day. (For m
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Mobina J
برای من بسیار انگیزه دهنده بود و با وجود بالا بودن تعداد فصل ها و افراد ، اصلا خسته کننده نبود. داشتن تمرکزی مانند افراد اشاره شده در این کتاب یکی از اهداف سخت من محسوب میشه :) . قسمتی از متن
مهم ترین چیز در آموزش این است که سیستم عصبی مان را متحد خود سازیم نه دشمن خود. هرچه بیشتر بتوانیم جزئیات زندگی روزانه را به فرآیند غیر ارادی و بی دردسر ذهن بسپاریم، نیروهای والای ذهنمان را در انجام کار حقیقی خود آزاد تر کرده ایم. بیچاره ترین آدم کسی است که جز تردید به هیچ چیز عادت نکرده است، کسی که برای گی
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Eszter
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, art
"Discipline is an ideal for the self. If you have to discipline yourself to achieve art, you discipline yourself"

"There is no one way - there's too much drivel about this subject. You're who you are, not Fitzgerald or Thomas Wolfe. You write by sitting down and writing. There's no particular time or place - you suit yourself, your nature. How one works, assuming he's disciplined, doesn't matter. If he or she is not disciplined, no sympathetic magic will help. The trick is to make time - not stea
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Kate
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Like eating peanuts...I kept turning the page for one more entry, then one more, then one more.

It was fun to learn little details about the lives of writers and artists. I've always been a sucker for seeing how others live the moments of their lives.

My favorite lines come from Matisse: "Basically, I enjoy everything; I am never bored."

And William Dean Howells on Mark Twain: "There were few experiences of life, grave or gay, which did not amuse him, even when they wronged him."

And Willa Cather,
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Leila
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
تا یجایی دوست داشتم ولی کم کم که به نویسنده ها و آدم های معروفی که نمیشناختم رسیدم برام تکراری شد و ناجذاب.
ولی خوندن آداب روزانه بزرگای یسری معایب و محاسن داره.
اول اینکه خوندن زندگی روزانه حتی بزرگان اصلا چیز جذابی توش نداره و بدیش اینه که همش یه موضوع تکراری و شاید کم کم به این نتیجه برسی خب به من چه که این هر روز ساعت چند از خواب بیدار میشه؟
یا اینکه چرا هفتاد درصد از بزرگا به یچیزی اعتیاد داشتن؟ الکل؟ قهوه؟ مواد؟
ولی شاید جالبه بدونی شخصیت مورد علاقت چه خصوصیات ریزی داشت و چجوری رو کارش تمرکز
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Sandra
Gal buvau naivi manydama, kad dauguma pasaulio šedevrų buvo sukurti blaivaus, bet įstabaus, žodžiais nepaaiškinamo ir sunkiai suvokiamo genijaus proto. Pasirodo, klydau. Didžioji dauguma svaiginosi velnio lašais, traukė vieną dūmą po kito, plaukiojo įvairiomis narkotinėmis medžiagomis sukurtoje nerealybėje, ieškojo proto ramybės ir įsisiautėjusios vaizduotės laikino išjungimo migdomuosiuose... Šioje knygoje radau išties įdomių kai kurių menininkų dienos ritualų - net ir būdami beviltiški darboho ...more
Rimantė
APŽVALGA
Mason Currey "Dienos ritualai" #1
Prieš pat Naujuosius pirkta ir pirmoji šiemet perskaityta knyga yra apie menininkų, rašytojų, išradėjų, kompozitorių, filosofų ir kitų žymių kūrėjų kasdienybę. Pirkdama pamaniau, taip rasiu kaip paįvairinti, papildyti savąja ir galbūt įkvėps būti labiau disciplinuotai šiais metais.

Knygoje pateikiamos (ne)esamas dienotvarkės, kasdienė rutina, keisti, neretai žalingi įpročiai - viskas, kad darbas, nes meno kūrimas irgi yra darbas, būtų padarytas. Nagrinėj
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sepehrdad
اسم کتاب آنقدر جذاب بود که برای خریدنش درنگ نکردم: بام تا شام مشاهیر.
این که برنامهی روزانهی بزرگان چطور بوده. چطور 24 ساعت شبانهروزشان را برنامهریزی و سازماندهی میکردهاند که چنان خروجیهایی داشتهاند؟ چطور با دغدغههای اولیهی زندگی (پول در آوردن، زن و بچه، اموری که همهی آدمها در آن مشترکاند) کنار میآمدهاند و می توانستهاند فراتر از آدمهای دیگر زندگی کنند؟ کیفیت زندگی روزمرهشان را چطور کنترل میکردند؟ چطور آن 24 ساعت را میگذراندهاند که بعدها توانستند جاودانه شوند؟
زندگی و عادتهای روزمرهی سیمون دوبووار
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Giovanna
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the kind of book you should keep next to your bed, or, if you're that kind of person (and I am), in the bathroom, for occasional reading. A wonderful cross section of artists included here, from writers to inventors, architects to painters, and philosophers to composers. While there was a certain number of artists for whom Benzedrine popping helped get the work done, there we just as many who required nothing more than the same breakfast daily (eggs seem to be a favorite). I was struck ...more
Gregor Xane
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I love reading about the daily routines of artists and the like, so it was pretty nice to find this book. What I learned about the work habits of the painters, composers, writers, and philosophers covered in this volume is that many of them:

1. Drank lots of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages
2. Smoked lots of tobacco
3. Took long walks
4. Popped uppers to get going and downers to get to sleep
5. Got up early for a few hours of concentrated work (and then dicked around for the rest of the day)

I also
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Michael Meeuwis
First, the good news: regardless of your writing habits (extreme activity, extreme inactivity, amphetamines), you will find an artist in here whose work habits--or at least purported work habits--agree with you. That "purported" hints at the book's problems, though: in giving a quick and shallow account of many artists, it makes the sort of extraordinary mistake of taking them all at their word. It feels under-researched. Also, you realize that all of these writers are--for the most part--drawin ...more
Perry
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trophic Compilation to Improve Creativity and Efficiency
3.6 stars

A good collection of daily rituals practiced by famous authors and artists to boost creativity and efficiency, a book that serves to confirm the divergency of human motivators and biorhythms. Some rituals were environmental, others seemingly innate, and a few disgusting, such as Thomas Wolfe's vigorous, virgulate, viscid and vile practice while writing.

Each of these ritualistic routines is a mystifying combination unique to that a
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Soha
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بي شك خواندن آداب روزانه نويسندگان محبوبت جذاب است
Kathryn
2.5 stars - rounded to 3. I just didn't find it interesting enough. I found the book Deep Work by Cal Newport far more interesting. Different styles I know. Happy this was a library book!
Alain Burrese
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an author, I found “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Currey thoroughly fascinating, engaging, and entertaining. I had a great time reading this little gem of a book. I would recommend it to any writer, artist, or creative person.

It's a simple book that contains over 150 short profiles of famous artists. Some of these may only be a half page in length, while the longest of them might take 2-3 pages. All of them contain interesting facts about the person being profiled, with a theme ce
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Jayne Bowers
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up this book and began leafing through it, the first thing I read was a quote by Phillip Roth who said,"Writing isn't hard work, it's a nightmare." Amused, I thumbed though it until I came across a sketch of psychologist William James who wrote The Principles of Psychology, a two-volume work often referred to as "the Jimmy." The founder of functionalism, James was a big believer in habits, so I was a bit surprised to learn that he "kept no regular schedule, was chronically indecisi ...more
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Mason Currey is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. His first book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, was published by Knopf in 2013 and has been translated into 15 languages. A sequel, Daily Rituals: Women at Work, is out now.
“A solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods.” 15 likes
“The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind.” 9 likes
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