The War of Art

Rather than find something deep or inspiring or motivating to say this time around, I'm going to just recommend something. It's a book. And not one with pictures. You still with me? Good. I'm glad. I think it's a book that could change your life. It's called the War of Art and it's by Steven Pressfield. Yes, the guy who wrote The Legend of Bagger Vance. Yes, I said that as if you were supposed to know he wrote that offhand. Yes, I'm probably the only person who does. No, I won't start any more sentences with the word "yes."

It's a book about getting past what stops us in our life, not just in making art like I talk about all the time, but in general. It's about why we don't do the things we want to or even the things we should. It's about the things that make us human.

Some excerpts (reprinted, I'm sure, without any sort of legal rights to do so): “Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you’re feeling massive Resistance, the good news is, it means there’s tremendous love there too. If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.” “The artist must be like that Marine. He has to know how to be miserable. He has to love being miserable. He has to take pride in being more miserable than any soldier or swabbie or jet jockey. Because this is war, baby. And war is hell.” “Tomorrow morning the critic will be gone, but the writer will still be there facing the blank page. Nothing matters but that he keep working.”

If any book has kept me alive, and I mean that in the most vivid sense of the word, it's this one. It's a must own for anyone with a pulse.