Wednesday, August 3, 2011

book report [the war of art]

 

I borrowed this book (thanks K!) during a creative crisis last year and it slowly got buried under other books and magazines by my bed.  I dug it out yesterday to try to read it and found it just wasn't my style...or maybe I'm just not in my crisis anymore.  I skimmed through it. It's quick, snappy, and opinionated; it's designed to push & pull you out of un-productivity. I caught a few good motivational passages while I was skimming through and I see how it could be useful to others, but in general it wasn't my cup of tea. Flip through it at the bookstore and see what you think.

Meanwhile, I somehow read 4 or 5 books in July...so I'll be reporting on those books soon. I have a lot of catching up to do in my reading journal [not putting this one in]

As always, you can check my sidebar --> to see what I'm currently reading.  I'm pretty excited about this one and have been wanting to read it since it came out (thanks J for lending it to me and reminding me of it again last weekend!)

[FYI, I link to Green Apple Books in San Francisco and/or Powell's in Portland because they are my favorite bookstores...local, independent, and awesome.  They have no idea who I am, nor do they give me anything for linking to them. Where you buy your books is your business.  I also advocate the public library [and the library didn't waive any fines or give me anything to say that]

3 comments:

Petra said...

I will have a look at it when I come across it. thanks for the review. I'm so fed up with all the talking and reading about creativity and originality at the moment. I wonder if we all put too much pressure on ourselves, and if being constantly surrounded by and looking at what other people create can get too much...

sara said...

Yes Petra, I agree it can be difficult and depressing to constantly compare yourself to others...the internet makes it all too easy to become...dare I say it...jealous. We all have to have confidence in our own work, even if we only are pretending to have it.

Sara's mama said...

Whoa, that was therapeutic for ME. Thanks Sara and Petra. I'm thinking the word inspiration is overused, too. Maybe it's because I lack it? Looking forward to your upcoming book reviews Sara.