Book Reviews

After completing a book, I want to record them and write down a quick summary or thoughts I had.

2016

Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick: Finished 1/3/2015

Is Deckard an Android? Probably not. Why is he so infatuated with his goat? I thought this was about sheep?

I really enjoyed this book. It takes the complexities of the movie and really slows it down and focuses on the emotional/humanistic aspects that I think Ridley Scott Was aiming for in his movie version and only took him 20+ years to hit. The story of Deckard and his battles with understanding emotion and what it means to be human, through the veins of feeling for someone/something else.

Gilliamesque: A pre-posthumous memoir by Terry Gilliam Finished 2/2/2016What a fantastic read. Terry Gilliam started his life moderately well off with an attitude to just be him. He was a cheerleader, didn’t care who knew, and loved every minute of it citing that the skills he learned here were what pushed him to that next stage of being such a positive director. He was always looking on the bright side and figuring out solutions to the things he wanted to do. Even when he was learning filming, he would rather work for free to learn then not have the opportunity.

What a fantastic read. Terry Gilliam started his life moderately well off with an attitude to just be him. He was a cheerleader, didn’t care who knew, and loved every minute of it citing that the skills he learned here were what pushed him to that next stage of being such a positive director. He was always looking on the bright side and figuring out solutions to the things he wanted to do. Even when he was learning filming, he would rather work for free to learn then not have the opportunity.

Highly recommended.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey finished 2/2/2016

Lessons learned:
1. The creative process is summarized by creating rituals that allow your brain to focus on creative energies rather than trivial things.
2. There must be time set aside for hard mentally involved work.
3. Apparently all famous writers had crazy short bursts of work energy and the rest of their energy was spent on forgetting about that work through booze.
4. Influential creative people were very disciplined
5. The most important part of being successful as a creative is developing the muscles to be creative at all times and not only on when you are inspired.