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    DescriptionFranz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, "time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers." Kafka is one of 161 inspired--and inspiring--minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in the kitchen, the top of the refrigerator as his desk, dreamily fondling his "male configurations." . . Jean-Paul Sartre chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), ingesting ten times the recommended dose each day . . . Descartes liked to linger in bed, his mind wandering in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where he experienced "every pleasure imaginable." Here are: Anthony Trollope, who demanded of himself that each morning he write three thousand words (250 words every fifteen minutes for three hours) before going off to his job at the postal service, which he kept for thirty-three years during the writing of more than two dozen books . . . Karl Marx . . . Woody Allen . . . Agatha Christie . . . George Balanchine, who did most of his work while ironing . . . Leo Tolstoy . . . Charles Dickens . . . Pablo Picasso . . . George Gershwin, who, said his brother Ira, worked for twelve hours a day from late morning to midnight, composing at the piano in pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers . . . Here also are the daily rituals of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, and Igor Stravinsky (he was never able to compose unless he was sure no one could hear him and, when blocked, stood on his head to "clear the brain"). Brilliantly compiled and edited, and filled with detail and anecdote, "Daily Rituals "is irresistible, addictive, magically inspiring.


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    Title
    Daily Rituals
    Subtitle
    How Artists Work
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mason Currey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 278
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307273604
    ISBN 10: 0307273601
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: DQ, BGF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Merchandise Category: REF
    B&T General Subject: 680
    BIC subject category V2: HB, JFH
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REF007000
    B&T Approval Code: A11245020
    DC21: 700.922
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO001000
    B&T Approval Code: A02800000
    BISAC V2.8: PSY034000, LCO000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS049000
    DC22: 700.922
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    DC22: 700.92/2
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    LC classification: NX165 .C87 2013
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Knopf Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Knopf Publishing Group
    Publication date
    23 April 2013
    Author Information
    Mason Currey was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Currey's writing has appeared in "Slate," "Metropolis," and "Print." He lives in Brooklyn.