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Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later Paperback – October 4, 2016
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"Adam J. Kurtz is master of the playful, lightweight mood booster." -BuzzFeed
"I am so grateful to have Pick Me Up in my life. It saves me so much money on therapy and is way more fun anyway. Stay in, order a pizza and scribble your way out of that deep dark hole." -Michelle Branch, musician
"Adam J. Kurtz is a magician: the alchemist of paper and pencil, rendering our inner lives visible, tactile and full of potentiality. He reminds us that creativity is the coolest of all resources-infinite, fun, free-and that we are blessed to have it." -Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today
About the Author
Adam J. Kurtz (aka ADAMJK) is a Brooklyn-based artist and author whose first book, 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion has been translated into fifteen languages. In addition to personal work, he's collaborated on products for retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Strand Bookstore, and Fishs Eddy, and made work for companies including Pepsi, Adobe and the New York Times. In 2016, he was named one of PRINT Magazine's "15 Under 30" New Visual Artists.
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for a while i had given up on the idea of keeping a record of my daily thoughts and emotions.
and then i opened "pick me up."
what's different about "pick me up" is that the (arguably) toughest part of self reflection is already complete: considering the thought or action you need to capture or consider. adam has crammed a roller coaster of reflections, ideas and provocations that really make you think about feelings and emotions you may have otherwise ignored.
i keep mine on my desk at work for times when i'm feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or even just a bit spacey and i find myself going back and forth between old and new entries, contemplating how i was feeling a week, a day, or even a few hours prior.
if you've ever been interested in keeping a journal or recording your thoughts and feelings daily, this book is for you. even if you're not interested in keeping a journal or recording your thoughts and feelings daily, you will still find great value in what you're inspired to consider while flipping through the pages.
all at once hilarious and heartbreaking, "pick me up" is an essential pick me up and well worthy of picking up.
Thoroughly enjoying the relatable pep talks given by Adam - it's truly unlike any other daily journal I've ever encountered. I'm positive I'll be making use of Pick Me Up for years to come.
i take this book to bars like i would take that friend to bars when i feel like everything is just a little bit off and i need a little realignment.