The Bottom Line
- "52 Projects" is a proactive approach to combating life's doldrums.
- Hands-on ways to infuse your life with creativity.
- Offers ways to change your outlook, at much less than a shrink would charge.
- Focuses on creativity for the sake of creativity, and for the sake of a better, more inspired life.
- For those burned out on therapy or self-help culture, this book is a refreshing change.
- For those seeking dramatic spiritual or psychological changes, this book will not provide answers.
- Includes writing prompts: "Write erotic stories that all take place in a laundromat."
- Additional suggestions in the margins: "Write down your most vivid Christmas memory."
- Other projects focus on memory, often encouraging crafts, photography, and artwork.
Guide Review - 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity
Though some of the projects initially struck me as hokey, the book had its intended effect. As I turned the pages, I began to think in terms of projects, envisioning variations on those listed, as the author intended. There was something comforting in a book with such seemingly simple goals. The point was not to create great art, or even functional objects, but to begin to conceive of life differently. "52 Projects" is not intended to turn you into an artist, or cure you of deep-seated issues. Rather, it is a hands-on invitation to introspection and creative activity. In our goal-oriented society, perhaps a list of suggestions is the smartest way for us to begin to achieve a richer, more introspective, more spontaneous way of living.