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The Art of Is

Improvising as a Way of Life
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
April, 2019
ISBN:
9781608686155
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$24.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Free Play, Stephen Nachmanovitch’s classic on improv and creativity, has been a standard for 25+ years. His second book is The Art of Is: Improvisation as a Way of Life. In this breath-of-fresh-air thinking about how to cultivate the kind of game-changing creativity everyone seeks, Stephen shows exactly how the passion and immediacy of improvisation can be cultivated and how, in fact, we all improvise all the time whether we are driving or deep in conversation. He explores ideas about being in the moment and reacting to people as they are, finding gold in unexpected distractions and roadblocks, and not only accepting but also celebrating imperfections in everyday practices.

This creative mindfulness also makes innovation the province not of solitary geniuses but the result of engagement and interaction. He takes the sense of improvising and creating to a scale beyond the individual, aiming to tune readers into their own spontaneity but also to extend it into empathy for and collaboration with others. Improvising rapport in testy times.

Buddhism comes into the mix, as he waxes on ancient stories and koans of the Buddhist tradition and relates them to the creative, synergistic act of improvising. He also delves into nature and how exploring the natural world can help us learn to think as nature thinks, asking the question “what is it to behave in a natural, spontaneous way?”

Improvising cannot be understood as merely a musical or theatrical technique… We examine many types of moments because the crucial lesson of this book is that artistic power is available to anyone, at any moment. It is not a psychological tool, or an artistic tool. It is a way of being.

Publisher’s Description: 

Its easy to assume that Martin Luther King Jr.s famous and endlessly influential I Have a Dream speech was pre-scripted, vetted by others, written and re-written. It was not. Instead it was given on the fly, when from the audience Mahalia Jackson urged King off his prepared text. The result has inspired millions. In this breath-of-fresh-air thinking about how to cultivate the kind of game-changing creativity everyone seeks, Stephen Nachmanovitch shows exactlyhow the passion and immediacy of improvisation can be cultivated and how, in fact, we all improvise all the time whether we are driving or deep in conversation. He explores ideas about being in the moment and reacting to people as they are, finding gold in unexpected distractions and roadblocks, and not only accepting but also celebrating imperfections in everyday practices. This creative mindfulness also makes innovation the province not of solitary geniuses but the result of engagement and interaction and makes clear that improvising, creating, innovating are only of value when rooted in an ethical and social foundation. The results, Nachmanovitch shows, foster meaningful change and invention and may just ignite a dream.

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