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We arrange them, cook them, render them down, digest them. A ludic attitude can make pretty nacchmanovitch anything fun, but drawing on the work of one play scholar, the cultural historian Johan Huizinga, ludus is one aspect of play while the other paidia seen by French philosopher of play Roger Caillois as having four stages — disturbance, tumult, fantasy and imagination.

And this happens over and over again. If I reread, I feel like I might find other parts that capture me next time.

M I read this book back in when I aspired to be a roving, down-and-out, bohemian novelist. Man, you can say that about Free Play: Skip to content Click to Purchase.

Relax, and bring play and into all aspects of life! Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers.


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One of the best books I read on creativity. What was really fun was taking creative notes on it as I went, jotting down whatever struck my fancy Nachmanovitch also highlights the common threads which run through music, dance, visual art, literature and religious traditions.

There is a stereotyped belief that the muse in us acts from inspiration, while the editor in us acts from reason and judgment. A refreshing balance to reductionist efforts to simply map our way into uncovering the mystery of creativity.

From the opening of the first chapter: Common terms and phrases Aaron Copland activity addiction art forms artist artwork audience Bach beauty become Beethoven blocks Blue Cliff Record body breakthrough breath bricolage Carl Jung child childhood’s end comes composer consciousness create creation creative process dance deeper e.

My journals were filled with drawings of homes and cabins I would one day build, outlines of stories I would one day write, some photographic motif to explore, sketches of coffee shops I no longer remember.

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It runs deeper than our activities involving music and art. The beginning and the end of the book are weakest, in my opinion. Aug 20, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: This site uses cookies. That play, like the free jazz that the violinist author Nachmanovitch loves, makes heavy work light. I could have dealt with that. Other editions – View all Free Play: We add, subtract, reframe, shift, break part, melt together.


Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Published May 1st by Tarcherperigee first published January 11th The right book at the right time saves lives. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity.

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Then I was like ‘oh, was that what you meant, couldn’t you just have said so! It is the essence of nachmanovtich being, something we were born with then strive to recapture.

The creative struggles differ by form or by the person, but ultimately we all deal with the same creative and spiritual issues. Nachmanovigch Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own cr. I remember staying up late into the night underlining passages that felt like a clear expression of a worldview I had never considered.