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Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die Paperback – January 5, 2016
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Advance Praise for Savage Park:
"In this unusually refreshing meditation (which reads like a novel), we are given a tour of the space around and within us. With poetic efficiency Amy Fusselman reveals what makes us savage or not; why secret, wild spaces are essential; and, why playing should be taken seriously. I should add, she frightened me with: It is still illegal to climb a tree in Central Park!"
—Philippe Petit, High Wire Artist
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What makes the book exceptional is that these topics are addressed from a very personal and honest viewpoint. Writings on these topics are usually devoid of intimacy, let alone questioning so they result in empty distortions. These topics deserve close observation.
Creativity is messy work. I have been an artist and teacher all my life. When I taught “mind-mapping” I would show the professionally illustrated diagrams from the how-to books to show the students what it wasn’t. In my class the results were a tangle of overlapping words and lines. Fusselman is hunting for the real. It’s worthwhile to follow along with her and see what you learn.
Why is her message important? Seeing, feeling, making and exploring things with openness and joy makes life engaging. Why miss the fun?