In my quest to understand the creative process better, I've amassed a modest library on the subject. I thought it might be helpful to post my thoughts on some of the books I own. I feel somehow unqualified or disinclined to call these "book reviews", but I'll just say a bit about how each book effected me personally. Here they are, in the order I was exposed to them:
part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Personally, I found the spirit and overall philosophy of this book to be very inspiring, but when I tried to use it as a specific path to achieving the kind of freedom it describes, it didn't really work for me. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. Werner and his vision. For me this is a good book to flip through now and again, to sort of soak up its vibes.
here, here, and here.
The Toronto Zen Buddhist Temple) found out that I was a musician, he remarked that artists often like Zen, because "Emptiness - that is like a blank canvas." ("Emptiness" is a central concept in Zen.) However, I didn't really feel a strong affinity for this book, and I never finished it. It didn't seem to be addressing the specific questions I have. I'm sure there are lots of great things to be discovered in it though. Maybe I would be better off considering some of the original writings of Dogen et. all.
blogged about this bookactually, twice
I think if someone were to take just that quote and what is implied by it to heart, amazing things could happen.
"There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge."
The book seems to be full of sort of fatherly advice that Robert Henri gave to his students. So far it has been inspiring, and I'm looking forward to finishing it.
Have you read any of these books? What is your opinion of them? Do you have any other recommendations?
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