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The Gift

How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Vintage
 | 
October, 2019
ISBN:
9781984897787
In stock now: 
2
$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

A modern classic cherished by many of the greatest artists of our time, The Gift is a brilliant, life-changing defense of the value of creative labor. Drawing on examples from folklore and literature, history and tribal customs, economics and modern copyright law, Lewis Hyde demonstrates how our society—governed by the marketplace—is poorly equipped to determine the worth of artists’ work. He shows us that another way is possible: the alternative economy of the gift, which allows creations and ideas to circulate freely, rather than hoarding them as commodities. Illuminating and transformative, The Gift is a triumph of originality and insight—an essential book for anyone who has ever given or received a work of art.

My concern is the gift we long for, the gift that, when it comes, speaks commandingly to the soul and irresistibly moves us.

“A classic… If you want to write, paint, sing, compose, act, or make films, read The Gift.” —from the Introduction by Margaret Atwood

“Fascinating and compelling. . . . Seems to light up everything it touches, including the reader’s mind.” —The New Republic

“A source of inspiration and affirmation in my artistic practice for over twenty years. It is the best book I have read on what it means to be an artist in today’s economic world. It has shown me why we still use the word gift to describe artistic talent, and that self lessness, not self-expression, lies at the root of all creative acts.” —Bill Viola

To end of the book, Hyde quotes the poet Pablo Neruda:

To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses—that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things…

 

A precious idea: that all humanity is somehow together…It won’t surprise you then that I have attempted to give something resiny, earthlike, and fragrant in exchange for human brotherhood… Maybe this small and mysterious exchange of gifts remained inside me also, deep and indestructible, giving my poetry light.

Publisher’s Description: 

Discusses the argument that a work of art is essentially a gift and not a commodity.

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