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) 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.""
""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.""
""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.""
""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.""
""How to draw a line, the meaning of figure-ground theory, hand-lettering and the fact that windows look dark in the daytimeÂ—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.""
"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."
""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.""
""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.""
""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.""
"Â“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. ThereÂ’s a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character.Â”- Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality"
""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.""