Please note: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book.
Start Publishing Notes' Summary, Analysis, and Review of Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
Includes a summary of the book, review, analysis & key takeaways, and detailed "About the Author" section. Preview: Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic is her ode to creativity and inspiration. Gilbert, who's garnered acclaim most famously for her book Eat Pray Love, seeks to impart to listeners that the act of artistic creation does not have be a tortured, complicated process: it's better to just do, and worry about questions of merit or quality only once a work is actually finished. Gilbert opens the audiobook with an anecdote on Jack Gilbert, a poet with no relationship to the author, and only a fraction of her notoriety and success. Rejecting fame and fortune in favor of focusing and honing in on his craft, the author uses the poet's example to lay out the central premise of Big Magic. Namely, as laid out by one of Jack Gilbert's quoted passages - "We must risk delight. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world." Producing art for art's sake in an indifferent world constitutes an act of bravery unto itself.