Daily Rituals

副标题:How Artists Work

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作者:MasonCurrey

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出版时间:2013-4-23

页数:304

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梅森‧柯瑞(Mason Currey)

生於美國賓州,畢業於北卡羅萊納大學艾許維爾分校(Asheville)。是美國知名的部落格作家(dailyroutines.typepad.com)。多年來一直在自己的部落格撰寫一些近400年來知名歐美藝文人士及其他領域才華洋溢者的日常生活與工作習慣,引起許多網友的共鳴。自2007年起,他終日埋首於網路搜索和飽讀書籍,試圖了解自己所鍾愛的藝文名人如何安排他們的生活?一天裡的哪段時間是他們的創作高峰?他們通常依循什麼樣的習慣維持創作?

他的作品也常見於《石板》(Slate)、《大都會》(Metropolis),和《印刷》(Print)等雜誌。柯瑞現居紐約。

譯者簡介

莊安祺

台大外文系畢業,印地安那大學英美文學碩士,譯有《西藏的故事》、《托爾金傳》、《翁山蘇姬》等書。

内容简介

Franz 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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