The Gift Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World Review Ø 9


The Gift Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

Review The Gift Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

“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 unc I tried to like this book since it had come so highly recommended and it was in a 25th anniversary edition If it has been in print all those years there must be something to it right? Nope First of all it's badly structured The first half is an extended discussion of the concept of gifts vs paying for things in ancient vs modern societies Once you get the basic point that especially older societies exchanged goods and services as gifts not for money and that Hyde thinks that's a better way to do it then you've got the idea He says that an artist basically has to straddle the world of gifts because hisher art is best thought of as a gift both received and given to the world and the world of commerce gotta pay the rent The second half of the book then talks about Whitman and Pound two worthy poets but hardly connected in any real or useful sense to the foregoing gift discussion Second and my other main complaint about the book is that Hyde beats the gift horse to death He defines ponders muses and ruminates about various aspects of what is after all a pretty simple concept for pages weaving in fairy tales ethnography much of it outdated or inaccurate and random commentary about various writers and artists It's a maddening frustrating book that is simultaneously and less than it aspires to be

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Hanged” David Foster WallaceBy 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 necessary today t Now in its 25th anniversary edition this book is as current and necessary as it was in 1979 A creative mix of ethnography folklore economics the gift economy the market economy the vegetable money economy? and literary criticism Whitman and Pound all seen through the prism of art as a gift and the artist as a gifted person Keen observations are sprinkled throughout on how an artist needs to protect from market forces that space where the artwork is conceived essentially a gift and only when it's finished and it's a true expression of hisher gift then make the transition to how that gift makes its way into the world a market economy an agent or sometimes not at all In other words how to be an artist and nurture your gift and not go crazy trying to survive in a market economy I'm not explaining it very well but if you are an artist or an artisan or care about art in this modern world read this book Lots of underlining and lots to chew over My favorite uoteHyde describes making art as a labor as opposed to worklabor on the other hand sets its own pacewriting a poem raising a child developing a new calculus resolving a neurosis invention in all forms these are laborsAnd labor because it sets its own pace is usually accompanied by idleness leisure even sleep Cradle of Solitude prism of art as a gift and the artist as a gifted Cowboy Under the Mistletoe person Keen observations are sprinkled throughout on how an artist needs to The Christmas Wedding Quilt: Let It Snow\You Better Watch Out\Nine Ladies Dancing protect from market forces that space where the artwork is conceived essentially a gift and only when it's finished and it's a true expression of hisher gift then make the transition to how that gift makes its way into the world a market economy an agent or sometimes not at all In other words how to be an artist and nurture your gift and not go crazy trying to survive in a market economy I'm not explaining it very well but if you are an artist or an artisan or care about art in this modern world read this book Lots of underlining and lots to chew over My favorite uoteHyde describes making art as a labor as opposed to worklabor on the other hand sets its own Crybaby Falls pacewriting a Criminal Intent poem raising a child developing a new calculus resolving a neurosis invention in all forms these are laborsAnd labor because it sets its own The Sharpshooter's Secret Son pace is usually accompanied by idleness leisure even sleep

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Han 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 page While Hyde has given his readers the gift of a lens through which to view artistic endeavors this could have been done in about 50 pages not 385 This book reminded me of a typical college freshman essay I want to write about everything And therefore nothing is really achieved While the gift metaphor is interesting it's too vague to help in any but the most theoretical way This could have been a tight essay a literary work like a novel or short story or a scholarly work on the anthropological history of gift giving or even a series of biographies of writers Since Hyde attempts all of these things he achieves none well But if it took him 385 pages to discover that HIS true gift is as an artistic coop organizer God Bless Him The world has plenty of writers but very few people with the talent to help them write

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