Writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers, and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating!) their creations.
Mason Currey was born in Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. 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 -- Toby Lichtig * Daily Telegraph *
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 -- Daisy Goodwin * Sunday Times *
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 -- DBC Pierre * Guardian *
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 -- Daisy Goodwin * Sunday Times *
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
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