by Mason Currey
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Daisy Goodwin, Franklin’s TimesBenjamin Sunday, took the daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels.Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed at the piano, in pyjamas.Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and FScott Fitzgerald wrote in the gin-fed burst – he believed that alcohol was essential to his creative processFrom Marx to Murakami and Beethoven, Bacon, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey presents the work routines of more than one hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists to have ever lived.Whether through amphetamines or alcohol, headstand or boxing, these people took the time and had to work.Featuring photographs of writers and artists at work, and filled with fascinating perspectives on mechanics, genius and amusing anecdotes of the personality behind it, Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and quite inspiring.
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