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Creativity : the perfect crime / Philippe Petit ; illustrated by the author.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781594631689 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 1594631689 (hardback)
  • Description: 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.

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0 current holds with 9 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 801.92/Petit (Text to phone) Checked out 11/26/2014
Beverly Main NEW PN 56 .C69 P54 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers New Books PN 56 C69 P54 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Adult Nonfiction 153 P489c (Text to phone) Offline -
Melrose New Books (Browsing Room) 801.92 Petit (Text to phone) Available -
Melrose Quick Picks Table (Lobby) Quick Pick Nonfiction (Text to phone) Checked out 12/29/2014
Peabody Main Adult New Nonfiction NEW PN 56 .C69 P54 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 801.92/PETIT (Text to phone) Available -
Wakefield Adult NEW Nonfiction (Across from Circulation Desk) 801.92 Petit (Text to phone) Available -

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Note: A forethought: Confession of an outlaw -- The blank page -- Chaos & order -- The safe house -- Subversive elements -- Criminal practice -- The plot thickens -- A murder of problems -- The coup -- Aftermath -- An afterthought: Conquistador of the useless.
Summary: "In the vein of The Creative Habit and The Artist's Way, a new manifesto on the creative process from a master of the impossible. Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft-not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer. A born rebel like many creative people, he was from an early age a voracious learner who taught himself, cultivating the attitudes, resources, and techniques to tackle even seemingly impossible feats. His outlaw sensibility spawned a unique approach to the creative process-an approach he shares, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence, and originality in Creativity: The Perfect Crime. Making the reader his accomplice, Petit reveals new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor, from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the "coup" itself-executing a finished work. The strategies and insights he shares will resonate with performers of every stripe (actors, musicians, dancers) and practitioners of the non-performing arts (painters, writers, sculptors), and also with ordinary mortals in search of fresh ways of tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday existence"-- Provided by publisher.
"Completely original insights, philosophy, and approaches to the creative process developed over a lifetime of uncompromising pursuit of the impossible, by "Man on Wire" Philippe Petit's uncompromising pursuit of art"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Creative ability.

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