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Friday, August 17, 2012

Spark: How Creativity Works

Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein is a collection of essays put together from radio interviews from the public radio program Studio 360.  It follows such luminaries as Chuck Close, Tony Kushner, Richard Serra, Yo Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, and many others as their stories are grouped into sections that explore such themes as devastation and loss, relationship with family, collaboration, and inspiration.  The common thread through all of these essays is the subtitle of this book--how creativity works in different facets of our lives.

This book was readable in a sitting or two but contained so much power in it's pages.  Reading all these interviews with such incredible artists like those listed above and so many others was inspiring and interesting and eye-opening.  This book ran the gamut from entertaining to moving; reading to a composer's account of taking his mother back to his childhood home in New Orleans for the fist time after the storm was heart-breaking.  On the flip side, Patti Lupone's story about her mother was funny and endearing.  Delving into the musical partnership between Alison Krauss and Robert Plant was educational as well as fun to read.  All of these stories have merit.

If you are interested in this kind of subject--how does creativity work and what kind of information do artists have to pass on to me--this is a great book to pick up.  Hopefully you will find inspiration in these stories as much as I have!

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