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Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds Paperback – March 17, 2012
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"A surprisingly sophisiticated and oddly brilliant work -- part popular science and part cultural criticism -- that blends comic observation and trenchant insight into a literary treasure as difficult to put down as it is to classify." -Rain Taxi Review of Books.
"It's a weighty subject, and Zara tackles it with gusto. His research uncovers the details that make his subjects human to us." -The Santa Fe New Mexican
About the Author
Christopher Zara (New York, NY) is a writer, critic, and journalist with more than ten years' experience covering entertainment and the arts. He is a media and culture reporter for The International Business Times.
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I found the book to be well written and well researched. I liked the layout of the book and his groupings of the artists and that he included some of the oldest artists along with those newer to the world and those from a number of artistic endeavers.
I find myself questioning now what other artists have in their background that caused them to create or write as they have.
I'd like to read more from this author and I hope "Tortured Artists II" is on Christopher Zara's agenda. I highly recommend "Tortured Artists."
Then along came this great book! It's really one of those books that when you pick it up and start leafing through it you find yourself wanting to read more and more. I'd say that they were like intellectual potato chips, once you read one chapter you're ready to read the next one, and the next. But they're more like intellectual Doritos, because they're a bit spicy and have a great stylistic zing to them that make it seem like you are already friends with the author. Just another fun art-sy creative type sitting around a bottle of wine - only now I have something interesting to say, because I've read this book.
So, if you are interested in pop culture, history, art, literature, or music - you're going to really enjoy this book. If you don't like those topics, well, god help you. You must be an insufferable bore and I pity your co-workers.
What this book really did was get me thinking about the link between pain and great art. Would any of these artists trade their "greatness" in order to have a happy life? Was creating art that transcends the ages worth being tormented and miserable during their lives? Would I be willing to experience deep pain across my life in order to produce a work of art on par with the artists listed in the book? I don't have an answer for any of these questions, but they certainly made me pause and reflect.
Also, the illustrations in the book are very fun and really added to the work.
Good story telling!
Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds
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The way the author sprinkles in wit and humor really makes the book.Read more
You can pick it up and read it whenever. So witty and fun!