Recommended Books

The Art of X-ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing Roy Peter Clark
Bad Seed: The Biography of Nick Cave Ian Johnston
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life Steve Martin
Bowie in Berlin: A New Career In A New Town Thomas Jerome Seabrook
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity David Lynch
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Twyla Tharp
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Ed Catmull
Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts Clive James
Daily Habits: How Artists Work Mason Currey
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock ‘N Roll Generation Save Peter Biskind
Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons Michael Witwer
Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages Michael Largo
Girl in a Band: A Memoir Kim Gordon
Hip: The History John Leland
How Fiction Works James Wood
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Keys to Creativity Hugh MacLeod
Imagine: How Creativity Works Jonah Lehrer
Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
Mastery Robert Greene
Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts Chip Kidd
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard
The Power of the Other: The Startling Effect Other People Have on You, From the Boardroom to the Bedroom and Beyond—and What to Do About It Henry Cloud
The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life — Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process Thomas M. Sterner
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Simon Winchester
Proust was a Neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto David Shields
Rework Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 Simon Reynolds
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Simon Sinek
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Austin Kleon
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor Lynda Barry
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Elvis Costello
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Steven Pressfield
What It Is Lynda Barry
Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck