Last week I wrote the review of Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. There wasn’t much to write about the book in the review that could satisfy my fascination towards it. Many things had been said by many people on creativity and getting ideas, before Kleon came out with his manifesto. Being a writer and an artist himself, he is also a keen observer and a participant of the creative economy in this age of digitization. So I believe being a part of creative economy himself, Kleon’s manifesto is a better outcome of his wisdom. Thus, I decided, why not post the top five things from the book that I learnt and I tend to implement in my daily ritual.
The New Yorker relaunched its website yesterday with complete makeover signifying the first step in the magazine’s new focus on the web. Part of that initiative is the magazine’s decision to open up its archives to the general public for the next three months. Until the website puts up its metered pay wall sometime in the fall, the New Yorker editors will be releasing curated collections of stories periodically.
I am pulling out with a list of Ten Stories that I have read since the archives are free to access (and yes, I tried not to sleep as I had the intention to read all the stories in the archives but being a human I finally dozed off) and I think you should take a look in the New Yorker Archives. Continue reading
For several years, I avoided reading FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelly because the name had been caught up in endless clichés and had been inextricably linked with the horror genre, which I consider a bad form of fiction. However, being obsessed on reading more Gothic Fiction and the author herself I decided to give it a read and I confess that I am sorry I have waited for this long.
The story behind the writing this great piece of Gothic Fiction is as animate as the book itself. In 1816, at Lord Byron’s villa on shores of Lake Geneva, Lord Byron himself and his guests Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori. Byron, inspired by some fireside readings of supernatural tales, suggested that each member of the party should write a ghost story to pass the time. The incident is well described by the author herself in the Author’s Introduction to the book: Continue reading
This book has got enough to instigate you to start ‘doing’ your work.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon is slim, short, novella, which can be read over a little more than an hour. It is a manifesto for the digital age, a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.
The book focuses on 10 rules for people to follow in order to be creative. Rule number one is “Steal like an artist.” The author talks about surrounding yourself with the work of the artists you love, and the work of the artists those artists love, and studying everything. Continue reading
Hashtags are the most important element to use Twitter successfully. Hashtags allow you to find new readers, connect with others who share your interests and to find out about upcoming books. They can help you to raise your reading knowledge and the opportunity of interacting with other readers.
You need to be smart when using hashtags – don’t over use them, be natural and never spam people.
Below are #hashtags that every reader should know: Continue reading
A book is a collection of words, those words can be numerous and further expressing numerous ideas. But the idea behind Kevin Thomas’ HORN! THE COLLECTED REVIEWS is exceptional and matchless. As suggested by the title, this book is a collectible of book reviews by captivating illustrations and no more than a handful of words.
Fiction and non-fiction, cutting-edge and popular books; the one quality these works have in common is that they have attracted Thomas’ remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. This is a paean to reading by a thoroughly unjaded, committed amateur of the art, seriously appreciative of each book’s unique attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the excitement and respect they inspire in him. What a list he’s compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Jennifer Egan are just a few of the authors whose work is here brilliantly distilled. Continue reading
When I started this book, I had some expectations but this book went beyond my expectations. The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock, is an excellent paranormal romance with intense action. Even though paranormal is my least favorite genre and it has been long that I have read one, Madhuri’s writing certainly made me accustomed to it.
The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known. Continue reading