Everyday Play, A Campaign Against Boredom
Are you bored by daily routine? Learn how to restore play to the everyday, with games and life tips from artists, writers and thinkers from Louise Bourgeois and Hunter S. Thompson to Lydia Davis and Karl Lagerfeld
“Life must be lived as play,” said Plato, and this book will help you rediscover the wonder in the weekly grind, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Throughout history, philosophers, artists and writers have found liberation in taking play seriously. Everyday Play shows you how you can use creativity, games and the imagination to transform your life.
Learn how to be someone else for a day; explore how to draw a poem, paint a book and reorient your library; enjoy writers using constraints or languages they don’t understand; play the Edible Book Game or become a living sculpture; become a writer and play word games to find new ways of saying what you mean.
Everyday Play is the essential compendium of artists’ games, philosophers' inquiries and manifestos against the banal. They will challenge our perceptions of work, rest and play, with contributions from, among others, Joan Acocella, Luis Buñuel, Lewis Carroll, Robert Creeley, Adam Dant, Lydia Davis, Jeremy Deller, Dashiell Hammett, Will Hobson, Nina Katchadourian, Andrei Monastyrski, Francis Ponge, Erik Satie and Mark Wahlberg.
“Everyday Play is fabulous!” –Cornelia Parker
“Everyday Play will jiggle your syntax and bio-energize your astral enzymes. It reads like the misbehaving son of ‘Redstone.’” –Ed Ruscha