- Title: Floor Sample
- Author: Julia Cameron
- ISBN: 9781585424948
- Page: 262
- Format: Hardcover
A beautifully crafted memoir by the woman who has helped thousands of people uncover their creative inspiration In Floor Sample, the author of the international bestseller The Artist s Way and twenty one other classic books on the creative process weaves an honest and moving portrayal of her life From her early career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and her marriA beautifully crafted memoir by the woman who has helped thousands of people uncover their creative inspiration In Floor Sample, the author of the international bestseller The Artist s Way and twenty one other classic books on the creative process weaves an honest and moving portrayal of her life From her early career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and her marriage to Martin Scorsese, to her tortured experiences with alcohol as she struggled with a Hollywood existence that she would never learn to make peace with, in this unflinching memoir Cameron reflects on the experiences in her life that have fed her own art as well as her ability to help others realize their creative dreams She also describes the fascinating circumstances that led her to emerge as a central figure in the creative recovery movement a movement that she inaugurated and defined with the publication of her seminal work, The Artist s Way Julia Cameron is a passionate and wry observer of the world, and this story of her life as a self described floor sample for all she teaches in her brilliant creativity books will surprise, entertain, and inspire all of her many fans as well as anyone interested in a good literary memoir.
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Oh, lordy. This one was hard work. In large part because Julia Cameron herself comes across as hard work. Not because she's an alcoholic (now sober), or because she has serious mental illness which never seems to be entirely resolved, but because she never really seems to arrive at self-knowledge - which is surely the point of a memoir, to have some truth you want to present to people. This is more like a chronicling of events, with not enough filtering out of what is relevant, and quite a bit o [...]
The difficulty in critiquing memoirs is that it's near impossible for me to critique the writing without critiquing the life. In this case, there is much to raise one's eyebrows at in Julia Cameron's long, fruitful, and erratic life (she seems to be ruled by the winds as much as by the muse). But her writing is clear, her life has been an interesting one, and she seems to hold little back when writing about her challenges and struggles with mental illness and alcoholism. A fragile, yet indominat [...]
I made it to page 216, and that's as much as I can take. This is so fascinating to me -- Julia Cameron is such a great writing teacher. I've read two of her how-to books, one for a poetry class. The woman can teach but she can't do. Case-in-point: I made it in the book until her second marriage crumbled, and I realized: I didn't care. She doesn't tell the reader how she got to know these men. How they made her fall in love with them. I don't know what they did on their first date or what she fe [...]
Because I felt The Artist's Way was so insightfully and artfully written, I was glad to see this memoir by the author. She writes quite a captivating story, but her histrionics and psychotic breaks immediately set her apart from the masses she is trying to teach to unlock their creative flow. She tells about the difficulty she faced trying to produce her plays and musicals, but firmly implants the intensity needed to continue to write or produce art. She outlines, her alcohoism, drugs she took t [...]
Yay! I was excited to see that Julia Cameron wrote her own memoir. After encouraging us all to free our own inner artists, she left me curious as to her own body of work (besides the Artist's Way, Vein of Gold, Right to Write self-help titles she is famous for).I have to warn you--at least with the hardcover version--if you are one to set aside a book and leave it face-down (as I am), her photograph on the back may frighten you. It sure did me.Anyway, to get to the meat of the bookJC admits (and [...]
I devoured The Artist's Way when it first came out and thought it was brilliant. I've also read a couple more of her books and would love to read more. I was very interested in finding out what fuels such a creative person and I was surprised to find out that it may be that she lives much closer to the edge than most of us do. Not so much that she challenges herself or opens herself up to opportunities more than most of us do. But that she might sometimes be living on the edge of sanity.She has [...]
A very honest memoir, but so much happens in what seem to be too long of chapters. The first half is strongest and I think that's because she has enough distance to understand events. Also, I had a hard time keeping track of all the people in her life.
The Artist's Way and Cameron's other writings about money and the creative process have been of huge benefit to my life, and I respect Ms. Cameron's complete honesty in exposing her own mistakes, inspirations, and creative processes so completely in this autobiography. But let me also say: She crazy. She's mostly good-crazy, but after a while the book gets a bit repetitive with the "I suddenly realized I HAD to live in Tuscon and so I moved my family and all our stuff there and heartbreakingly t [...]
I was completely enthralled with this book. I have completed several of Julia Cameron's creativity books before. So it was so interesting to read what was going on in her life during the time she was writing them.
Julia Cameron has had a very interesting life. I enjoyed reading about her journey to conquer addiction and follow her path to creativity in writing many different genres. This was a great companion to her book, The Artist's Way, as the reader follows Julia on her own journey of creativity. She is a remarkable woman, and she inspires the reader to pursue their own creative path.
So far, this book is more moving than I originally expected it to be. From reading 'The Artist's Way', 'Vein of Gold', and utilizing 'Heart Steps ~Prayers and Declarations for a Creative Life~' I gathered that she has had many bumpy roads to travel. Although I haven't had the depth of disarray that she has, there are many parallels and it's making me want to read further into how she arrived at the point she is at today. She really has touched my life so profoundly with 'The Artists Way' and I c [...]
This is, hands down, the worst book I read this year. I was about two-thirds of the way through when I realized after her London escapade, that I was reading the work of a mentally ill woman who either continues to have no clue as to the impact of her disorder or has a clue and has such an acute personality disorder that her narcissism blocks her ability to perceive the effect and consequences of her behavior. This "memoir" had no focus nor did the writer convey any insights about her long, trou [...]
What did I learn? Julia Cameron sure does move around a lot. Seriously, I was struck by her productivity. Even in the midst of major psychic breaks and nervous breakdowns, she was productive. Mania perhaps? Supposedly she's not manic depressive, but those episodes with the trees talking to her sure should like a manic episode to me. Not that I've ever been "allergic" to electricity like she was, so I can't relate. But I get that surge of energy - that feeling like the work is just flowing out of [...]
Several years ago I was part of an Artist‘s Way group, inspired by Julia Cameron‘s book of the same name. That ground breaking book outlined ways to encourage the creative process and deal with “blocks.” I looked at her as a kind of spiritual and creative guru. And so I was immediately intrigued to see that she had written a memoir, because I knew nothing of her personal life. In this book she details her own creative struggles, framed by her fight to maintain sobriety after years as an [...]
This memoir is an honest and humble account about the life of a courageous and creative woman, who is still going strong. Cameron does not brag. She does not 'toot her horn,' about the impact of her definitive and useful contributions to the wave of the "New Age" creativity movement (not the least of which was her book: "The Artist's Way" /book/show/61). Despite the oftentimes dire circumstances of various situations in Cameron's life (whether or not they were within or outside her scope of infl [...]
I love Julia Cameron and have read everything I can find that she has authored, which, as it turns out, is quite a few titles from creative recovery to fiction, poetry, and even musicals. She is a genius and I absolutely adore her. One of these days I intend to write her a long letter and tell her how much her work has meant to me. I was thrilled to see that she had written a memoir and read it happily over a several weeks. It was especially meaningful to me having read The Artist's Way years ag [...]
I really admire Julia Cameron for her honesty about her alcohol addiction, drug use, and mental illness. I love it when people have the guts to tell the truth about things like that. This book was interesting, her life took so many twists and turns. I also enjoyed finding out how The Artist's Way evolved and what was going in her life at the same time she was writing her books. The only thing I didn't like was all the details about the back and forth, moving from Taos to NYC to LA to London, and [...]
Memoir by the well known creator of the Artist’s Way method and author of many successful books on creativity. an honest and moving portrayal of her life. From her early career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and her marriage to Martin Scorsese, to her tortured experiences with alcohol and Hollywood, Julia Cameron reflects in this engaging memoir on the experiences in her life that have fueled her own art as well as her ability to help others realize their creative dreams. She also desc [...]
About half way through I started asking myself, why didn't I quit reading this earlier. But at that point I felt committed to finishing. Bad choice. This is the story of how Martin Scorsese's first wife spent a good portion of her life moving from NY to CA to NM, VA and back again and again. It made me tired just reading about all the moves and even when she was in one state she still kept moving from hotels to apartments to houses and back. She describes herself as multi-talented, but neglects [...]
I am a fan of Julia Cameron. "Faith and Will" as well as "Transitions" and "Answered Prayers" were different than almost anything I've read. Consequently I thought it would be interesting to read her memoir and see where it all started. It did keep my attention and her story of allowing her art to speak through her without trying to restrain it or divert it was intriguing. She also allows the reader to see her alcoholism and mental illness without trying to minimize its impact on her and her lif [...]
After a grueling slog through her first marriage to director Martin Scorcese and early battle with alcoholism (the first 70 pages of the book took me almost a month to get through), the book opens up into the Julia Cameron writers and artists know and love - open, honest, inspiring, struggling, worrying, prayer-filled, illuminating, challenging, and freeing.And then in the final 1/3 of the book, it gets dark again, with multiple breakdowns, depression and medication. I'm left without any idea of [...]
This was a great opportunity to read all about Julia Cameron's life. She interjects small essays about herself in her other books, but this book is nothing but a completely open and honest account of her life. I loved it for its brutal honesty. That said, it is hard to fight the desire to see all of her hard work and dedication pay off and lead to a happily-ever-after kind of ending. But like I said, Julia Cameron is completely honest and this isn't fiction, so we don't get that desired happy en [...]
I have mixed feelings about this autobiography. While I find the earlier part of her life fascinating, I'm more than a little disturbed about the latter half. It kind of makes me wonder if I really embrace her Artist's Way philosophy will I end up mentally ill as well? Her mental illness is so invasive that at times I have niggling doubts about her ability to separate her truth from her fiction. On the other hand, she is so fiercely prolific in spite of all her issues that I wonder if she has ac [...]
This is a haunting read that had me feeling jittery every time Julia Cameron's psyche got muddled. I could imagine myself walking past her on a city street and writing her off. You definitely need to be in reading-an-autobiographical-memoir mode to appreciate this one. I would put it in the same category as Joan Baez's memoir, minus the political aspects. The writing itself did not rock my world, but in both books the authors' relationships to their times and to more famous folks surrounding the [...]
I really enjoyed this memoir, especially the first half. Reading about the life of a writer made me want to start writing again. It was the creative shot in the arm I needed. But it was disturbing to read about her decline into psychosis. I kept expecting a happy ending in which she finds the right meds and writes happily ever after. But it's clear that is not where she leaves off. And after she's moved across the country for the 104th time in yet another attempt to find a place that feels right [...]
Disappointing. Cameron's memoir seems to fall far short of an honest personal assessment of her creative but frequently troubled life. And, I thought it self-indulgent in places. She is far too woo-woo for my taste, though she doth protest the label much.I was interested in this book for a couple of reasons. I had a number of conversations by phone with her when she wrote a magazine piece on the director of a film I repped years ago. At the time, she was living in Chicago. I knew she'd been marr [...]
I decided to read this book because Julia Cameron was involved with Scorsese (spelling) and I'm somewhat fascinated by him and his five marriages. He is one of my favourite directors.I am also a fan of The Artist's Way and have read some of Julia Cameron's other books.I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Cameron doesn't hold anything back. For some reason, I had been convinced that her life was somewhat golden, but it's really not. She suffers from mental illness and was a severe alc [...]
I enjoyed reading it and found it a fast read despite its 400 pages in length. My main frustration is that she takes shy of 400 pages to admit that she has a mental illness for which she must take medication in order to remain stable. So much of the story is about her rambling about the country in varying stages of mania working and connecting with people and being creative. What fascinated me is that she could maintain an intense level of creative productivity throughout her life while beating [...]
I appreciate Julia Cameron's honesty in this book, and the revelation of her creative practices, challenges, and successes. While I sometimes found it a little too linear - 'this happened, then this happened', and occasionally the flow was interrupted for me by clichéd language, nevertheless, on the whole, I found the book engrossing and interesting. Indeed, I rushed through reading it, wanting to know what happened, and how it all turned out, just as with any intriguing novel. It takes courage [...]
Julia Cameron is best-known for her eponymous book The Artist's Way, which outlines methods for "creative unblocking." Basically, Cameron's method follows the tenets of AA "one day at a time" philosophy. This is her memoir, which documents her descent into alcoholism, followed by her struggle to stay sober and get her writing career back on track. The story is compelling and a fast read (who doesn't like to read about drugs, alcohol and psychotic breaks?) but it's not too interesting beyond that [...]
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