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Dancing with the gods - Kent Nerburn

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Title
Dancing with the gods - reflections on life and art
Author
Kent Nerburn
format
Hardback
Publisher
Canongate
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20180802

When Kent Nerburn received a letter from Jennifer, a young woman questioning her calling to spend her life in the arts, the writer and artist was struck by how closely her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth.

Nerburn resolved that he would write his own letter: a letter of welcome and encouragement to all young artists setting out on the same strange and magical journey, sharing the wisdom of a life spent working in the arts.

From struggles with money and the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, Dancing With the Gods offers insight, solace and courage to help young artists on the winding road to artistic fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art's power to transform the darkest of human experience and give voice to the grandest of human hopes.

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Kent
Nerburn was born and raised near Minneapolis, he studied American
Studies at the University of Minnesota, then went on to Stanford
University to study Religious Studies and Humanities, then to the
Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in
conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley. After several
years living in Europe he returned to Minnesota and worked on the Red
Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect the memories of the
tribal elders. He has been writing about Native American history and
culture for over twenty years.

With a poet's grace and a craftsman's precision, Kent Nerburn has written a powerful and deeply moving meditation on what it means to live the life of an artist - and, ultimately, what it means to be human. Dancing With the Gods might be the most inspiring book you'll read all year
DANIEL PINK

Helpful, deceptively simple, straight-shooting, celebratory
MARGARET ATWOOD

Kent Nerburn's understanding of the transcendent nature of the creative process is vividly on display in his uplifting new book. His enthusiasm is contagious. Tune into his wise words and make something beautiful
RICK RUBIN

A tender and beautifully written guide for anyone working in the arts . . . [a] little gem of a book
The Wee Review

Like Paulo Coelho, Nerburn takes on a spiritual grandfather role. [This] encouraging piece of text . . . hinges on
well-researched, inspirational quotes from great artists. Sometimes that is what we all need . . . If you're in need of a creative pick-me-up, cherish this


DJ Mag

A rare invocation of pure spirit.
I loved it like an old song
ANDREW O'HAGAN on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG

A book of revelation . . . a true-life fable and a provocative call
ROBERT PLANT on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG

Kent Nerburn reveals to us that which lies beyond the surface appearance of reality. His writings are permeated by stillness. In a world gone astray, they are of inestimable value
ECKHART TOLLE, author of The Power of Now on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG

Type
BOOK
Edition
Main
Keyword Index
Arts - Philosophy.
Country of Publication
Scotland
Number of Pages
xxv, 245

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