4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I just finished this book, and I've been delighted from cover to cover. First of all, the intellectual rigor and empathic power the author brings to bear are impressive traits -- even more impressive when combined into a strange and wise force of exploration.
In this book, Jerome Bernstein has named the suffering and the secret of so many people like myself -- but this is not some kind of drama-stirring text, some kind of imagination or a fairy tale we wish is true. It's good, sound investigation -- one of the most-quoted people in the book is Albert Einstein -- and it respects more than just a cultural level of understanding.
This book should be read by clinicians and… Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Art & Fear is not just useful in the way that all artmaking books are useful. They all tend to get a person going, thinking about art, pointed a little nearer to making art. But Art & Fear is very clear that sitting down and thinking about art isn't going to do the trick, and reading a book about it isn't going to do the trick -- to create good art one must be creating art.
The tone of the book is very businesslike, and so sometimes it can be a less than enthralling read, but its information is vitally important. And there's something valuable about a voice that says, "All right, stop dithering around and get down to the business of doing art."
And I think that in many ways,… Read more