I have already told you about another book that changed my life. This one also has magic in the title, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic is mainly about creativity. It addresses the way we conceptualise artists and their inspiration. Liz Gilbert takes you on a journey to rethink creativity and your relationship with it.
She first discusses the cursed artist stereotype, burdened with their talents and describes how it was historically constructed. She goes on to show that this construction is detrimental to artists and deprives us of inspired artists in the long run. She then proceeds to open an alternative option that allows an artist to work in delight.
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When I tell people that one of my favourite books is called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, lots of people look at me as if I’m an alien. I happen to have a master’s degree in French and English literature. There are tons of novels I have fallen in love with. (My favourites are Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Stendhal’s La Chartreuse de Parme – Charterhouse of Parma).
Still, when people want to know about a book that really changed my life, I tell them about Marie Kondo’s masterpiece.
You see, the thing is, I don’t think the book is about tidying up, it’s about something else entirely.
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