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25 Books of Wisdom Distilled from Art & Creativity

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The list author says: "Some of the greatest bits of wisdom gained by wise old men has been garnered by their efforts to tap their inner child. Children are inherently creative and artistic. These books do a great job of summarizing the lessons learned from the pursuit of art and creativity. Although, many of these selections may not immediately relevant to improving your life and or pursuit of art, I've selected them based on the principle of lateral thinking, whereby we can learn a lot from listening to those lessons learned from others who work and live jobs and lives that are wholly different from our own."
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life
""25 Lessons I've Learned (about photography) rekindles passion in photographers and photojournalists. Reading Lorenzo's advice can spark and stir the Muse to grand proportions. He offers strong advice to always have your camera ready to shoot. He also advises shutterbugs to employ their imagination and see the world with child-like eyes.""
The Art of Looking Sideways
The Art of Looking Sideways
""Alan Fletcher's The Art of Looking Sideways is an absolutely extraordinary and inexhaustible "guide to visual awareness," a virtually indescribable concoction of anecdotes, quotes, images, and bizarre facts that offers a wonderfully twisted vision of the chaos of modern life.""
This Book Will Change Your Life
This Book Will Change Your Life
""Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, This Book Will Change Your Life will help you poke a stick in the spokes of your routine. ""
Photowisdom: Master Photographers on Their Art
Photowisdom: Master Photographers on Their Art
""Through the extraordinary images and insights of the world's master photographers, Photowisdom explores the richness of contemporary photographic practice. ""
Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another
Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another
""Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can give to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience, Zuckerman has recorded the thoughts and ideas of fifty of the world's most prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, musicians, and religious and business leaders, all over sixty-five years old.""
Wisdom: Love
Wisdom: Love
""Love features the thoughts and photographs of such legends as Edward M. Kennedy, Jacques Pepin, Nadine Gordimer, Vanessa Redgrave, and Desmond Tutu, among others.  ""
Wisdom: Ideas
Wisdom: Ideas
""Ideas features the thoughts and photographs of such legends as Chuck Close, Dave Brubeck, Jane Goodall, Kris Kristofferson, Kurt Masur, Ravi Shankar, and Robert Redford, among others.""
Wisdom: Peace
Wisdom: Peace
""Peace features the thoughts and photographs of such legends as Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Willie Nelson, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, among others.""
Wisdom: Life
Wisdom: Life
""Life features the thoughts and photographs of such legends as Andrew Wyeth, Billie Jean King, Burt Bacharach, Buzz Aldrin,  and Frank Gehry, among others.""
Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho Insights for a New Way of Living)
Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho Insights for a New Way of Living)
""Creativity is a handbook for those who understand the need to bring more creativity, playfulness, and flexibility to their lives. It's a manual for thinking "outside the box"-and learning to live there as well.""
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
""How to draw a line, the meaning of figure-ground theory, hand-lettering and the fact that windows look dark in the daytime—each item has resonance beyond architecture. Books like this are brief tutorials in the art of seeing, a skill useful in every aspect of life on the planet.""
101 Things I Learned in Fashion School
101 Things I Learned in Fashion School
""The world of the fashionista is brought to vivid life with 101 introductory lessons on such topics as how a designer anticipates cultural trends and "sees" the fashion consumer.""
101 Things I Learned in Film School
101 Things I Learned in Film School
""These basic questions and much more are all covered in this exquisite packaged book on the film industry and making movies as a profession.""
the lost man chronicles: book 1, the art of living
the lost man chronicles: book 1, the art of living
"The lost man chronicles is a modern day testament to one man's journey to become re-immersed in a world which has been lost in the glare of modern convenience and commercial contrivances. Each passage explores a passage toward enlightenment, toward awareness, and ultimately toward rediscovering the meaning of life."
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
""Bringing together 30 years of research, Csikszentmihalyi (psychology, Univ. of Chicago) describes this book as "an effort to make more understandable the mysterious process by which men and women come up with new ideas and new things.""
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
""After learning MacLeodÂ’s 40 keys to creativity, you will be ready to unlock your own brilliance and unleash it on the world.""
The Artist's Way
The Artist's Way
""This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe...""
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be: The world's best selling book
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be: The world's best selling book
""It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be is a handbook of how to succeed in the world - a pocket 'bible' for the talented and timid to make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible.""
Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds
Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds
""In an effort to lead you to both simultaneously, Michael J. Gelb has created a combination workbook, guided journal, and historical biography of 10 outstanding humans.""
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
""The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives.""
The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
""Capra, author of the classic The Tao of Physics, makes the case in this fascinating intellectual biography for the great artist Leonardo being the unsung father of modern science.""
A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein
A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein
"“Shel Silverstein...was a genius in a dozen genres, the last of the real Renaissance men. He loved life and lived it more intensely than most of us dare to dream. There’s a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character.”- Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality"
Walden and Civil Disobedience
Walden and Civil Disobedience
""WALDEN is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self reliance.""
How Proust Can Change Your Life
How Proust Can Change Your Life
""This is a genius-level piece of writing that manages to blend literary biography with self-help and tongue-in-cheek with the profound.""
Creativity: Unconventional Wisdom from 20 Accomplished Minds
Creativity: Unconventional Wisdom from 20 Accomplished Minds
""The authors have interviewed well know creative people in a number of fields to identify how creative methods work, including the drivers and influences upon creativity, creative inspiration, creative problem solving and creative influences.""