Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912:
“Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”
Kafka is one of 161 inspired, and inspiring, minds—among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians—whose daily rituals are recorded in the pages of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. RJ Andrews at Info We Trust used the book to create these amazing visualizations of the described schedules.
One notable case study missing is Hemingway, a personal favorite, who would wake up every day at 7 am and set up shop in the back of a Parisian cafe and try to write between 500 to a 1,000 words, then rejoin civilization and hold court at said cafe, eating, drinking, hitting on women, and talking with fellow ex-patriots about writing, travelling, and lovers great and lost.
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