Daily Rituals: Women at Work

Daily Rituals: Women at Work

More of Mason Currey's irresistible Daily Rituals, this time exploring the daily obstacles and rituals of women who are artists--painters, composers, sculptors, scientists, filmmakers, and performers. We see how these brilliant minds get to work, the choices they have to make: rebuffing convention, stealing (or secreting away) time from the pull of husbands, wives, childre...

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Title:Daily Rituals: Women at Work
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Daily Rituals: Women at Work Reviews

  • Amanda Jackson

    I really, genuinely enjoyed this book. I think it would be interesting either way that you're getting these glimpses into the lives and processes of female artists (not just traditional artists but writers, dancers, musicians, etc--which I loved) but it was a particularly great read for me personally. As a writer, I could really relate to many of the artists included in the book. This is the first thing I've read that not only goes into what it's like for women artists but that includes all the

    I really, genuinely enjoyed this book. I think it would be interesting either way that you're getting these glimpses into the lives and processes of female artists (not just traditional artists but writers, dancers, musicians, etc--which I loved) but it was a particularly great read for me personally. As a writer, I could really relate to many of the artists included in the book. This is the first thing I've read that not only goes into what it's like for women artists but that includes all the hard parts of it, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. I studied Art History in college and we mostly talked about men and the process of creation was rarely discussed beyond their schooling and techniques. Once I picked this book up, it was hard to put down. I found it inspiring and comforting; knowing that my experience being an artist may be unique but it's also familiar. I also loved learning about women I may not have previously discovered and learning more about female artists I've long admired. I spent the last couple weeks pulling the book out whenever I had a spare moment or before I planned on writing and just read about a few artists at a time. It was a great read and I'd absolutely recommend it.

  • Jesse

    I really enjoyed reading about the lives of these amazing women. I was filled with inspiration just from reading about a few of them.

  • Audrianna Thompson

    I was raised by my mother, a creative soul and artist, and she was raised by her mother who is another creative soul and artist. While the three of us (and my younger sisters) share creative blood that runs through our veins, we all enjoy different mediums, host different rituals, pay homage to various sources of inspiration, and deal with separate obstacles in our lives (both internally and domestic).

    This book is a true testament of that and, for me specifically, a HUGE source of inspiration. I

    I was raised by my mother, a creative soul and artist, and she was raised by her mother who is another creative soul and artist. While the three of us (and my younger sisters) share creative blood that runs through our veins, we all enjoy different mediums, host different rituals, pay homage to various sources of inspiration, and deal with separate obstacles in our lives (both internally and domestic).

    This book is a true testament of that and, for me specifically, a HUGE source of inspiration. It’s refreshing to read a book that houses so many stories of various creative minds that are female and deal with many of the same daily obstacles. 143 women, to be exact! I enjoyed learning about painters, dancers, furniture designers, fashion designers, writers, and so many others, like the famous Frida Kahlo, CoCo Chanel, Luisa May Alcott, and lesser known (to me, at least) artists like Marisol (Maria Sol Escobar).

    Reading through each section was fascinating and inspirational. I’m often looking to my idols for inspiration when it comes to writing and painting, and seeing so many women with their baggage, schedules, and passions laid out in a beautifully bound book really sparked a fire for me. I plan on purchasing this book for myself (and for the creatives in my family!) since the copy I read was loaned to me from the library.

    I hope the author continues researching and learning about the creative souls in the world; there are so many of us out there.

  • Kathleen

    In the essay "The Importance of Unread Books" Kevin Mims discusses 3 types of books in a person's collection: (1) books one has read and kept (2) books kept and unread for long periods of time---the Japanese "tsundoku" and (3) the partially read book which may be revisited.

    For most readers, DAILY RITUALS will fall into this third category. I found most of the selections I chose to read __as the author hoped ___ much more than highbrow trivia. A few selections were so thin one wonders why they we

    In the essay "The Importance of Unread Books" Kevin Mims discusses 3 types of books in a person's collection: (1) books one has read and kept (2) books kept and unread for long periods of time---the Japanese "tsundoku" and (3) the partially read book which may be revisited.

    For most readers, DAILY RITUALS will fall into this third category. I found most of the selections I chose to read __as the author hoped ___ much more than highbrow trivia. A few selections were so thin one wonders why they were included, but on the whole this is an enticing read.

  • Karen

    Full Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Release Copy) of this book.

    Mason Currey has written an interesting book full of vignettes on creative women. The book covered painters, sculptors, composers, singers, authors, and more. The book was trying to ascertain whether the daily rituals of these women affected their creativity. Here are some things I gleaned from the book.

    *Each woman was unique and had her own pattern for her life.

    *Many women were early birds, particularly writers, although so

    Full Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Release Copy) of this book.

    Mason Currey has written an interesting book full of vignettes on creative women. The book covered painters, sculptors, composers, singers, authors, and more. The book was trying to ascertain whether the daily rituals of these women affected their creativity. Here are some things I gleaned from the book.

    *Each woman was unique and had her own pattern for her life.

    *Many women were early birds, particularly writers, although some writers chose the evening. Many women were night owls, especially singers. A few fit neither classification.

    *Some women worked in pajamas most of the day, while others felt the need to dress up complete with high heels for their work.

    *Some were blessed with seemingly endless energy and good health while others suffered from depression, tuberculosis, schizophrenia, and more illnesses.

    *Some women followed rigid schedules, others just worked when they felt like it, and still more squeezed in an hour or even half an hour whenever they could just to be able to keep up with family life and other demands.

    *Some lived healthy lifestyles with good eating habits and exercise. Walking outside seemed to be a favorite exercise. Others did not care about what they ate, totally avoided exercise, and used alcohol or drugs to self-medicate and make them "able" to work.

    *Most of the women, no matter what field in which they worked, made a point of taking time to read every day.

    *Of those who had pets, dogs and cats were popular. Some had birds, one woman had many different kinds of animals, and one woman had a pet alligator.

    Since the chapters were very short, this was a nice book to take along with me and read in waiting rooms or other places. I highlighted quite a few names in the table of contents so that I could go back to those particular chapters or learn more about the woman from other sources.

  • Anna (lion_reads)

    This book had me compulsively reading the daily rituals of all these women — writers, artists, performers, dancers. I don't know what it is, but I find how people work absolutely fascinating.

    I also appreciated Mason Currey's thoughtful author's and acknowledgement notes. He addressed that this book is corrective, considering that his first book covered many more men (usually because their work had fewer social barriers).

    Great collection. I want more!

  • Tucki Bailey

    Inspiring

  • teresa

    What it covers in breadth of many different women artists it loses in anything other than a cursory overview of how each artist approaches work. I find the subject fascinating but yet I found myself bored of reading much the same thing--artists tend to be workaholics that often have to separate themselves from friends and families and spend a lot of time alone and thinking and working. Being a mother I was more interested in how are you able to do that when you have a family.

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