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Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. One wants to say he's revealing secrets, but really, he's revealing intuition - intuition formed from decades of thinking about art. This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath - Steve Martin

In How to Be an Artist, Jerry Saltz is so right-on it scares me - Cindy Sherman

Jerry is an impassioned lover of all art and all artists, heartbroken when they're not good and joyous when they are. You don't read so much as bathe in his prose, turbulent but clear, emerging each time as hopeful as this morning - Peter Schjeldahl

An inspiring guide to making your art, putting it out into the world, and dealing with the consequences. I found a lot to steal here, and you will too - Austin Kleon

What is an artist? If most things make you bored or sad, but creating things makes you feel better, that's a sign that Fate is ushering you over to a tiny, rickety chair with a sign overhead that says, Hey, you. You might be an artist. The challenge then is, how to be a better artist. And Jerry Saltz is right: The truest answer is work. Practice. Make mistakes. Tear it up. Do it again. Get better. Keep going - Roz Chast

I am so blown away by the astonishing simplicity of what Jerry Saltz succeeds at - the act of naming what it means to be an artist. The way he hands away the keys, offering these tips to anyone, is an inspiring move, because it takes the tools of the literal masters and offers them to whoever wants them. Any reader would be lucky to escape their self-doubt to indulge in this straightforward, funny, and delightful guide - Jill Soloway

Ah! How to Be An Artist is such a fun and juicy read for artists of all kinds. 'Artists are cats,' he says - such a simple but brilliant description of the artist's relationship to the world. I read this and thought, I guess I am a real artist! - Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth

I was so moved by Jerry Saltz's incredible new book, How to Be An Artist...Deep and beautiful insights into how humans create - Amy Sedaris

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Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. One wants to say he's revealing secrets, but really, he's revealing intuition - intuition formed from decades of thinking about art. This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath - Steve Martin

In How to Be an Artist, Jerry Saltz is so right-on it scares me - Cindy Sherman

Jerry is an impassioned lover of all art and all artists, heartbroken when they're not good and joyous when they are. You don't read so much as bathe in his prose, turbulent but clear, emerging each time as hopeful as this morning - Peter Schjeldahl

An inspiring guide to making your art, putting it out into the world, and dealing with the consequences. I found a lot to steal here, and you will too - Austin Kleon

What is an artist? If most things make you bored or sad, but creating things makes you feel better, that's a sign that Fate is ushering you over to a tiny, rickety chair with a sign overhead that says, Hey, you. You might be an artist. The challenge then is, how to be a better artist. And Jerry Saltz is right: The truest answer is work. Practice. Make mistakes. Tear it up. Do it again. Get better. Keep going - Roz Chast

I am so blown away by the astonishing simplicity of what Jerry Saltz succeeds at - the act of naming what it means to be an artist. The way he hands away the keys, offering these tips to anyone, is an inspiring move, because it takes the tools of the literal masters and offers them to whoever wants them. Any reader would be lucky to escape their self-doubt to indulge in this straightforward, funny, and delightful guide - Jill Soloway

Ah! How to Be An Artist is such a fun and juicy read for artists of all kinds. 'Artists are cats,' he says - such a simple but brilliant description of the artist's relationship to the world. I read this and thought, I guess I am a real artist! - Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth

I was so moved by Jerry Saltz's incredible new book, How to Be An Artist...Deep and beautiful insights into how humans create - Amy Sedaris

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ilex Press; 1st edition (31 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 178157782X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1781577820
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 1.5 x 19 cm
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