The Gift

The Gift

Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

eBook - 2009?
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"A manifesto of sorts for anyone who makes art [and] cares for it." --Zadie Smith

"The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. . . . A masterpiece." --Margaret Atwood

"No one who is invested in any kind of art . . . can read The Gift and remain unchanged." --David Foster Wallace

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. This book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared.

An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [2009?]
ISBN: 9780307567604


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Oct 26, 2014

Reads like a scholarly essay, and thus gives lots of room for thought about the difference between a gift-giving society and one that relies on a commercial market. I found the views on the "gift" in marrying particularly interesting.

May 29, 2013

Reading this for my book group. What a study of a cross of social sciences and the humanities! I felt like I was back in college but without the homework. So many subjects discussed as the idea of the gift in the marketplace and what it really means.

Dec 08, 2011

While in Washington,DC at the Renwick Gallery, I came across this book. The comment about this book suggested that it was well worth reading. Considering the stature of this gallery, I took a second look. Recently, my reading has focused on the Aesthetics of Everyday Life and the importance of perception and appreciation as a routine activity that inspires our lives as an essential habit. This field of study is a new arm of Philosophical inquiry. I should think that this book should be included in this new field.

Oct 31, 2009

Some creative people may recognize themselves in this book. Some people who misunderstand the creative may find why and how to be more supportive.

Can we find a balance between sharing and commodities? I think we are smart enough. Can we find a way for creative types to contribute to society and live in dignity? Yes.

A worthwhile read. Thanks Lewis.

May 11, 2009

This is the 55th of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.

While the subtitle suggests that this book examines creativity and artistry, it really focuses on how the giving of one's creativity as a gift informs societies, cultures and economies. In a lot of respects, Hyde's book predicted the current download/open source culture.


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