'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times

Benjamin Franklin took daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels. Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process.

From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey presents the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Whether by amphetamines or alcohol, headstand or boxing, these people made time and got to work.

Featuring photographs of writers and artists at work, and filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

Daily rituals - Mason Currey

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Title
Daily rituals - how great minds make time, find inspiration, and get to work
Author
Mason Currey
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Picador
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20200611

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times

Benjamin Franklin took daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels. Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process.

From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey presents the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Whether by amphetamines or alcohol, headstand or boxing, these people made time and got to work.

Featuring photographs of writers and artists at work, and filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

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Mason Currey was born in Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His first book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work was published in 2013. Currey's writing has appeared in Slate, Metropolis, and Print. He lives in New York.

I just can't recommend this book enough
Lena Dunham

A trove of entertaining anecdote and thought-provoking comparison
Daily Telegraph - Toby Lichtig

A chance to see what great lives look like when the triumphs, dramas, disruptions and divorces have been all but boiled away. It will fascinate anyone who wonders how a day might best be spent, especially those who have wondered of their artistic heroes, as a baffled Colette once did of George Sand: how the devil did they manage?
Guardian

Utterly fascinating
Sunday Times - Daisy Goodwin

Mason Currey has carefully compiled the daily habits and personal foibles of 161 great writers, artists, scientists and thinkers, including one who stood on his head to cure creative block. By the end of this book, our carpet-glue habit looks normal
Guardian - DBC Pierre

A fascinating little book
Financial Times

An utterly fascinating compendium . . . This book is the ultimate retort to the flaneurs who dream about the novel/screenplay/painting they would create if only they had the time. Its message is that serious artists make the time, and most of them make it at the same time every day
Sunday Times - Daisy Goodwin

A thoroughly researched, minutely annotated and delightful book, full of the quirks and oddities of the
human comedy . . . Its main lesson can be summed up simply enough: get up, have a cup of coffee, sit at your desk and begin


Literary Review

Some of the world's greatest minds had routines they stuck to to produce their works of genius. In Daily
Rituals, Mason Currey reveals their more bizarre habits


Daily Mirror

Fascinating . . . it also interestingly reveals that there is no universal formula to greatness, so in essence, it's a celebration of individuality and quirkiness
Huffington Post

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)|Creative ability.|Work ethic.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xix, 278

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