How do you know, within the first 10 pages of a book, if it was written by a feminist? First, you’ll notice signs of self-flagellation - with a hint of
"Real Artists Have Day Jobs" is a collection of essays on issues such as mental illness, creativity, relationships, work, etc. The book reads like a series of light blog posts - you will find no in-depth analysis or intellectual discussion here. Most of the articles in the book are based on the author's past experiences and how she overcame her situation and moved on. "Real Artists Have Day Jobs"sometimes feels like reading the lost-but-found letters of your weird but interesting aunt.
For example, in the first essay of the book, the author advises artists not to wait on external validation before referring to themselves as artists. She writes:
Have you ever described yourself as someone who does something amazing and magical and wonderful and life affirming and then added 'on the side'?
Because I have come here today to deliver the unfortunate truth that you are lying to yourself ... You are not going to become a real artist one day . You are a real artist right now . You are a real artist when you sit in traffic, when you wait for the dentist, when you clean up the toys in your kid's bedroom. .
Also, on the importance of having close confidantes, Sara Benincasa writes in the essay, "Elect Your Own Executive Board":
Any successful corporation has an executive board of individuals who presumably guide the complex,
business organism towards a bright and prosperous future. Ideally, each board member brings to the table a unique and valuable set of skills that enhances the operations of the board and, by extension, the entire company multicelled I figure, why not do this for a human being? Luke Skywalker had Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, plus Han Solo and Leia and Chewbacca and other teammates. Why not create a dream team of your very own . Your executive board needn't be comprised of superstars... ? adorable or puppets like Yoda. The board members should be people you trust. They should have sharp minds, good hearts, and a generosity of spirit. They may not all agree with one another, which is absolutely fine. Your aim in selecting them is to get a variety of perspectives on your life from people who are invested in your well-being but can remain clear-eyed enough to give you a logical evaluation. animatronic
Turn offs? Well...
Many thanks to Morrow Paperbacks for review copy.