no. 7

I’m not a systematic person, I never have been – and my guess is: I never will be … I work by chance (some of us call it synchronicity). Finishing book no. 7 on my reading-list first, is therefore definitively in line with my disposition.

World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down

by Christian McEwen

To be honest I would prefer to call Christian McEwan’s book a compendium, an amalgam of thoughts and ideas collected from different cultural traditions and historical eras. This is both a strength and a weakness; strength because she collect many important ideas and present them for us in a clear way, a weakness because many of us will know a lot about the stuff she is writing about, and I’m not always sure if she adds very much, except for personal anecdotes, to what has already been said – what is already known.

My review might be a bit harsh on McEwan’s project, aren’t we all walking in the footsteps of our heros? Maybe this is how it has to be? I’m not sure – if you are acquainted with Buddhism, if you have read say for example Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pema Chodron or Jack Kornfield, or if you have read any of the creativity gurus, you will recognize most of the ideas presented in McEwan’s book.

Mindfulness and slow-living are hot trends on the market these days. The question one therefore has to ask is this: Is Christian McEwan’s book different & original enough as to qualify as a great read?

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My preliminary conclusion is: partially

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Updated reading-list:

Author Title
1. Julian Barnes Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
2. Heidi Julavits The Folded Clock: A Diary
3.  Sarah Manguso Ongoingness: The End of a Diary
4. Frances Morris,

etc

Agnes Martin
5. Nancy Princenthal Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
6. Sally Mann Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
8. Mark Doty Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy

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