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Everything That Can Happen In A Day Hardcover – November 30, 2010
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What 'happened' is the content of this enormously fascinating book. Some of the ideas that Horvitz sent were ''Go on a walk with a postal worker as the deliver the day's mail etc'; 'Go to a popular tourist destination. Place yourself in the backgrounds of as many tourist photographs as you can. Think about how you will become part of other people's memories' (this accompanied by two photographs taken in the courtyard of the Louvre and in front of Notre Dame); 'Leave a a bouquet of flowers in a taxi for the next person'; 'Cover up the sun with a finger' (two sunsets obliterated by fingers); 'With a sharpie make a small sign that says: out of order. Tape this to an ATM when no one is looking' (photograph of just that); 'Go to a museum that has one of Marcel Duchamp's "fountains." When the gallery attendant is not looking, put your face inside the urinal.' (two photograph responses); 'Ask a war veteran to write an apology letter to the country they had fought.'; 'Acquire a highly priced bottle of water. Pour it out on the roots of a tree nearby.Read more ›
I recently received a copy of David Horvitz's Everything That Can Happen In A Day and it's been the perfect book with which to ring in the New Year. The book is chock full of ideas, perpetuating the possibility of possibility from page to page. The ideas presented in the book are from a tumblr of the same name to which David posted new ideas to in 2009. He says, "The intent was to disseminate the ideas outward, to send them away and to see (or not see) what happens. "
I sat with the book for a good while yesterday, thumbing its pages, and reading it cover to cover. I found myself laughing out loud, completely engaged and inspired by its breadth and depth. It invigorated me, recharging my creative spirit with its array of whimsical yet thought-provoking images and ideas.
Overall, great eye opener to the world and how different people experience the same things as you do.
But it is amazing what can happen in a day ;)
I think this is the first book I've actually returned to Amazon. The cover, in my opinion, is the best part of the book. The list did not strike me as innovative or even very interesting, and the layout, style, and interior were straight up boring. I turned the book around in my hands a few times, flipped through it listlessly, and was not compelled to look any further. I am a lover of books and a reader. For a book to turn me away is unusual.
The sister and mother of Dan Eldon published a journal that one can write in for reflection (etc.). If you are looking for someone with an interesting life and visual appeal, I recommend Sabrina Ward Harrison. If you're just looking for pictures of really cool walls, ironically, the "Walls" notebook is deceiving; the exterior is the most boring part of the book (unfortunate choice of cover photo); the inside pages are gorgeous. If you're looking for life prompts, turn to Danny Gregory, "344 Questions", by Stefan G. Bucher, or "I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded" by Kate Pocrass. It is noteworthy that I don't like to travel and thus don't collect travel journals. This one is interesting enough for me to want to use it to explore my everyday (local) life.