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Faith, Hope and Carnage By Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250872463
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Picador - September 19th, 2023

I've had this on my TBR pile for close to a year, and then I saw an interview with Nick Cave regarding the death of his son, and how grief changes people on an atomic level. Reading the conversations between Nick and Sean challenges my thoughts on religion, the creative process, and the veil between us and another world. I fundamentally disagree with Cave on several different subjects, but I also found myself embracing his vision on humanity and all its complexities. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad (Austin Kleon) By Austin Kleon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523506644
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2019

If life has sucked out all of your creative energy like a vampire with no self control, this is the pep talk you need. It's a reminder to treasure what inspires you and to savor the act of making something. Try a different medium, use your hands, cut, paste, paint, type, etc. Let it fill you up whether it turns into something good or bad, it doesn't really matter at this moment, just make something. It's also a reminder that while you can't control when you'll have a stroke of genius sent by the muses, you can control your routine, your workspace, and small actions that will make you more likely to create. I highly recommend this book for any creative who needs a pick me up right now.