Free PlayPrologue: A New Flute
Inspiration and Time's Flow
Mind at Play
Sex and ViolinsPractice
The Power of Limits
The Power of Mistakes
Obstacles and Openings
The Judging Spectre
Eros and Creation
Art for Life's Sake
Stephen Nachmanovitch is a musician, author, computer artist, and educator. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity
"Stephen Nachmanovitch has produced a celebration of human
uniqueness. What it amounts to is a guide for gettingthe most out
of whatever is possible"
-Norman Cousins, author of The Anatomy of an Illness
"This is an unusually intense, packed, thought-through book on the most difficult subject in the world: mystic creativity. If you wantto be intellectually informed about how people actually craete things, then you should read it at least once."
-Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
"Would that Free Play found its way into every school, office, hospital, and factory. It is a most exciting book and a most important one."
-Yehudi Menuhin, violinist
"Nachmanovitch tells it like it is in the most important book on improvisation I've yet seen."
-Keith Jarrett, pianist
"Free Play is a superb guide for anyone who aspires to create, whatever medium."
"This book is important not only because it delves into the creative process, but also because Nachmanovitch creates the opportunity for the reader to get in touch with her/his own creative possibilities and abilities."
-Harvard Educational Review