Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – A 27-min Summary

big magic

“Big Magic is a celebration of a creative life…Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book…Gilbert doesn’t just call for aspiring artists to speak their truth, however daffy that may appear to others; she is showing them how.”
—Washington Post

“In [Gilbert’s] first foray into full-on self-help [she] shares intimate glimpses into the life of a world-famous creative, complete with bouts of paralyzing fear and frustration, in an attempt to coax the rest of us into walking through the world just a little bit braver.”

“Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal… I have profoundly changed my approach to creating since I read this book.”
—Huffington Post

Book details:

Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 22, 2015)
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Genre: Self-Help, Creativity, Personal Growth, Motivational, Personal Success


Elizabeth M. Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 has spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was also made into a film by the same name in 2010.

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert on her new book “Big Magic” – q on cbc

Also check out this great TED talk: Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

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Venice 2012 – Summary

My planning article -> Venice 2012 planning

The trip went very much according to the plan.. except the lunch places & Scuola Grande di San Rocco was closed when we were in the neighborhood.

In short: Great city, but my Italian heart is in Tuscany (and Rome). I will probably not return.. all my upcoming trips to Italy will probably focus on Tuscany.

My 5 Highlights (random order):

  • Walking around in the city
  • St. Mark’s museum – the  Bronze Horses & View of the Piazza
  • Frari church – Titian: The Assumption of the Virgin
  • San Zaccaria church – Bellini: Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints” (altarpiece)
  • Gallerie dell’Accademia – Veronese: The Feast in the House of Levi

My ratings:

  • Fun: 4/5
  • Art: 4/5
  • Music: –
  • walking around: 5/5
  • Hotel: 4/5 (mainly because of location, otherwise.. lower)
  • overall   4
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