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Everyday Matters: A Memoir [Paperback]

Danny Gregory
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8 Feb 2007
"Two years before I started drawing, my wife was run over by a subway train. Sounds really terrible, I know. But, well, this book is about how art and New York City saved my life."When Danny Gregory's wife was severely injured, his life was changed in an instant. Searching about for meaning for what had happened to his little family, he began to create a richly illustrated journal of his life. Gregory as driven to record and comment on every aspect of his life, from dirty dishes to cathedrals, from hospital wards to life-drawing classes, from brunch with Hell's Angels to book shopping at the Strand.This unique book chronicles his discovery of drawing, his wife's rehabilitation, his son's infancy, and the life of the city he loves. Funny, bittersweet, romantic, and perverse, "Everyday Matters" is an inspiration, an invitation to look for the beauty and significance in the details of our daily lives.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; New edition edition (8 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401307957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307950
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn from experience 30 Nov 2003
This book's a delight and it's had me feeling fresh enthusiasm to go out with my sketchbook to draw the kind of everyday things that come to life in Danny Gregory's New York diary. His wryly philosophical approach brings out the meaning in such overlooked subjects as kitchen cupboards, bars and diners, leaves, commuters and, one of my favourite pages, 'the Booths of New York and the people who work in them.' His drawings started as a reaction to a near-tragic life-changing event and I feel that Gregory's put over his experience with such compelling and disarming honesty that this is one of those books that in some way changes your life when you've read it. I certainly felt that it was meant to drop into my hands at the time it did.
But even if it doesn't change your life you'll never look at a booth and the person who works in it quite the same way again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for writing/drawing this book 22 April 2010
I've been struggling with my creative side recently. I work as an accountant so that's not the proper place to develop this part!

I used to draw quite a lot when I was young, then at school and uni we kind of make you understand that the only way to succeed is by avoiding being creative.

This book is for people who:
- want to get back to drawing
- need some kick in the bottom to get back to it (everyday)
- are looking for some inspiration
- want to exercise drawing

it's not for you if you're looking for a step by step book, it's more the kind of book that makes you think about the importance of playing with your creative side, it's also a good way to see the importance of things around you, once you start drawing everyday you'll see what he means
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration! 8 April 2009
I have sketched, and painted the most of my life and always enjoyed doing it. I'm in my truest element whenever I succeed taking time out of my busy schedule. "Everyday Matters" by Danny Gregory is the best inspirational "tool" I have ever come across. It guides, encourages and motivates - because Danny really is the real deal, a true artist. He stirs the slumbering "artist" in you and inspires you to do something about it and not put it of... He does it through his own honesty, authenticity and passion for creative expression. Love it! I just love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing book - inspiring 10 Oct 2009
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this book is both moving and inspiring. it takes you through a diffcult time in the author's life where he turns himself into a better person. wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Nov 2010
Fantastic book, read it cover to cover as soon as I opened it. Beautiful and touching book which has been very inspirational with my own sketchbooks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Danny Gregory has written three amazing books, with the most inspiring words and pictures. what else do you need? if you are stuck in a rut, in a meantal or creative block, order this book - i did!! it did wonders! i really really really love it, can you tell ??
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