Creatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller [easyazon_link identifier=”0307273601″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Daily Rituals[/easyazon_link] by Mason Currey.
But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities.
Her book [easyazon_link identifier=”1452162182″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People[/easyazon_link] contains some fascinating and funny habits.
Thom Yorke prepares for live concerts with a headstand ritual
NASA engineers eat peanuts before every launch as a lucky charm
Picasso held on to his fingernail clippings to maintain his spiritual “essence”
Frida Kahlo painted plants and flowers from her desk, looking over her garden
Creative people can be a bit superstitious, to say the least. As Seth Godin likes to say, “we're all weird.”
If you think very fast, you may have time to think, “Soon it will hit my brain.” You can feel the deadness race up your arm; you can feel the appalling, inhuman speed of your own blood. We saw the wall of shadow coming, and screamed before it hit.
On seeing a partial eclipse:
I had seen a partial eclipse in 1970. A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane.
Are you excited to see the moon lurch between the sun and the Earth?
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