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Letters To A Young Artist: Building A Life In Art [Anglais] [Relié]

Julia Cameron

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Romancière, poète, scénariste et dramaturge, Julia Cameron enseigne l'art de la créativité depuis plus de trente ans.
Ex-femme du réalisateur Martin Scorsese, elle a littéralement influencé des millions de gens à travers le monde avec son livre Libérez votre créativité, qualifié de " bible des artistes ".

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The 'X' Files readdressed 25 avril 2005
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur
Julia Cameron is a fine writer and has been a valuable inspiration to many writers of all ages and degrees of development. Her famous book 'THE ARTIST'S WAY' has been absorbed in classrooms of literature and in lonely dens of minds bumping on writer's block. She has always afforded straightforward, tutorial advice that defined the path the young artist should follow to realize success.

It is therefore with some concern that LETTERS TO A YOUNG ARTIST: BUILDING A LIFE IN ART seems less supportive and more self-indulgently punitive than one would expect from this author. Perhaps it is the manner in which the book is formatTed. Cameron states in the beginning of this slim book that she has condensed (?homogenized) emails from her readers and students and has placed them in the form of responses to queries, each addressing "X" as the writer. There is some humor here and some instruction, but the lines of response to questions about state of mind, about philosophy, and need for nuRturing tend to veer more toward the caustic end of the spectrum.

In other words this book seems out of sync with Cameron's previous writings and for those who are looking for more solid pointers or tactics to approach - whether literarily or spiritually - then returning to the author's other books is recommended. Grady Harp, April 05
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's the Real Deal 6 juillet 2005
Par OpeningDialogue - Publié sur
Having had the pleasure of meeting and taking creativity classes with Ms. Cameron, I have been thrilled with how vividly and honestly this book conveys her loving, disciplined, no-nonsense demeanor. Her advice is focused and while it does go over ground she has covered previously, this book comes at the landscape from a new and refreshing angle. Again, Julia points the way for an artist to be both productive and sane, living a full and meaningful life. I am glad I bought my own copy since I found myself flagging page after page of her kind wisdom.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I Cried When I Turned the Final Page - Don't End, Don't End! 14 mai 2005
Par Julie Jordan Scott - Publié sur
The last time I cried when I turned the final page of a book was Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones." Julia Cameron's "Letters to a Young Artist" is quite different than Goldberg's work.... But the emotion was the same. "I was having so much fun `being with you', Julia - please don't stop now!"

I am a long-term fan of Julia Cameron. The first time I read "The Artist's Way" it was because so many of my coaching clients were fans. The one thing about that book that bothered me was what I perceived as Cameron's whiny voice. I have really enjoyed watching her evolve through her follow-up books - and her tone shifting along the way.

In "Letters" her ton shifts from the beginning of the letters to "X" as she goes along. I liken her tone to Simon Cowell of American Idol... because she tells the truth without any sugar coating... so it might make some readers angry.

My recommendation is to look underneath those first appearances of temperament - and read the incredible truths which pour out of these pages - nearly every page of my copy is underlined and dog eared.

Listen: "Making art takes guts. Choosing to be vulnerable and exposed rather that safely blocked is a risky venture. The ultimate reward, however, is truly great art." (p. 9)

"Cultivate an attitude of expectancy, for it's expectancy that keeps us alert and optimisti. Attention and optimism are necessary to the long haul." (pg. 61).

"Art is a spiritual calling, and like any vocation it is subject to the dark night of the soul." P. 94

"There is one trick to setting goals, I think. And that is to always leave enough breathing room for the divine to enter." (p. 138)

Now you can see why I cried. This book is absolutely incredible and has been my almost constant companion, always open, since I read it the first time. It is literally packed with thoughts to prompt both my writing and my creative process.

This is a book which would make Rainer Rilke proud - I get the feeling he would suggest we live the questions this book evokes - not judge the book on its tone, instead allow the truths within to take us on a journey through our days.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Julia Cameron fans can skip this one 2 juillet 2005
Par Reader - Publié sur
First, let me say that I'm a huge Julia Cameron fan. I ordered this book as soon as I saw it here. However, I was very disappointed. Julia takes on the persona of an aging old man who's writing letters to a very stereotypical, hip, cynical young artist. Unfortunately, Julia does not channel gruff old men well. It's very disconcerting to have her "voice" switch back and forth between a very forced "gruff old man" tone, and then have the real Julia accidentally seep out with gushing over flowers, colors, baking, and following one's heart. I wish she'd have just written with her own warm, encouraging "Julia" voice...the one all her fans love and enjoy. In trying to sound like a hardened old writer, she comes across as very unsympathetic, sarcastic, and demeaning. Not what we usually expect when seeking advice from Julia. (And the advice offered was a watered down version of what you can get in much better form from "Artist's Way" or "Right to Write"). Borrow this from the library if you want to read's not one you'll mark up or want to read again and again like some of her others.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Informal mentoring for the buddding writer 12 mai 2005
Par Lola Jovita - Publié sur
Cameron opens up her private letters to aspiring artists using her experience, wit, humor, and extensive wisdom gained from the many dues paid in her life. This is a nuts and bolts reply coming from a Hollywood insider whose been in the trenches and experienced the best and worst of the professional artist lifestyle. Cameron gives the harsh reality and breaks apart the myth of a lyrical existence. Art and commerce are a strange and deadly brew in L.A. - and Cameron gives her raw honest look at the life art can and can't offer.
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