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Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road Paperback – October 16, 2014
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"Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road is a wonderful, triumphant book!" Sara Mansfield Taber, author of Born Under an Assumed Name: A Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter
"A highly original work twining a cross-country road trip to the narrator's search for his muse." Sue William Silverman, author of The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew
"Patrick Ross is a writer of tremendous skill. Simply put, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road is a wonderful book." Sascha Feinstein, author of Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year
About the Author
Patrick Ross is a professional storyteller. He spent a decade as an award-winning journalist covering Washington, D.C., politics after starting his career with a U.S. senator. He is currently a creative writer and writing instructor in Alexandria, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and two teenage children while daily suppressing a strong urge for bacon. Learn more at patrick-ross.com.
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The narrative arc of the book is broad enough to include a cross-country quest to discover artistic truth and flashbacks to his troubled childhood, as he faces down his fear of a bipolar spiral that may jeopardize his own family life. Ross weaves in anecdotes of his previous life as a journalist and lobbyist after starting his career with a US Senator. The thread that runs so true through the entire narrative is the desire "to pursue an authentic, art-committed life" as he interviews other artists, writers, and musicians on a similar mission.
I found distracting though, various instances of errors that should have been edited out, particularly lack of spacing after quotation marks. If the book goes into another printing, I hope these typographical errors will be addressed.
Patrick Ross is a professional storyteller who spent a decade as an award-winning journalist covering D.C. politics, having worked with a U.S. senator.
The theme, or one of the many themes in his account of a cross-country trip, focuses on the artist's commitment. He interviews artists who are comitted to an authentic, and purposeful dedication to their artist lives.
Committed is also a memoir about change, about creativity, repressed or unrepressed.
Patrick Ross reveals internal struggles, family legacies of dysfunction and accusations. And this memoir reveals the affects of his 5 week road trip, which triggers his own put-away-in-the-closet writer's call.
Committed is a book about all of us in one sense. We are now working, living, surviving, scrambling, starving or satiated, for safety, economic security, and thus the overused word "brand," sprouts into being.
The author is a man who has the courage to change. He is also a man who has the courage to reveal.
As a writer myself, I recognize that there is no security, but security finds meaning in actuating potential. I personally found his direct honesty/not confession/ a dropping of the veils of self, the social self heartening. We are all on a journey, and that journey the process of becoming our true selves, which does not mean a dance down a gossamer path, but one of facing the grit, crisis, and victory in our lives.
We are all frail. We are all creative in some ways. We need courage.
Anxiety in my mind's eye, is repressed creativity. Patrick Ross shows us this process, and it was a road trip that did it.
I recommend this book to all artists who need encouragement, or who have had encouragement; to all who struggle finding their path. Committed is heart felt, well written, and sustaining.
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