Melissa Crytzer Fry's Reviews > Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road

Committed by Patrick Ross
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it was amazing

What a refreshing way to start 2015: reading a new genre! Yes, believe it or not, I am a first-time memoir reader and might have missed out if not for getting to know Patrick Ross through his Artist’s Road blog over the past few years.

I’m not sure all memoirs are like his, but Ross’s COMMITTED offers a refreshing literary style with beautiful turns of phrase (many relating to the physical environment he travels during a road trip). It also tackles the tough issues of mental health and the common tug and pull faced by creatives attempting to live art-committed lives. The memoir adds yet another layer, too, as it shares the creative stories of artists Ross interviews during a cross-country business trip.

This memoir by Ross, a Washington-D.C. lobbyist (former journalist), spoke to me on many levels, as someone charting my own creative path. Many passages were quotable for those of us starting the new year with renewed passion for our art:

“The art-committed life is all about perseverance. It’s about creating your art when life tells you there is no time. It’s about honoring your muse when there is no immediate economic return. It’s about being willing to take on new challenges alone.”

…and…

“What informs one’s writing is the life one has lived.”

I really enjoyed this memoir about Ross’s creative journey, a journey made infinitely more painful as a result of a strained relationship with his bestselling author mother and a family legacy of mental health struggles. Ross’s courageous story sheds much-needed light on the realities of bipolar disorder and offers hope for individuals wanting to commit to their art. This was the perfect book to start out the new year with creative enthusiasm!
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Patsy Parker Thanks for your review! I plan to check out his blog first, but the book sounds wonderful!


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