Monday, March 22, 2010

Peter Clothier Reads from Persist on Tuesday March 23, 2010 at 7 pm at The Standard, Hollywood

A Reading by Peter Clothier
Date/Time: Tuesday March 23 at 7 pm
Location: The Standard, Hollywood
Please join Peter Clothier from 7 to 10 PM in the Cactus Lounge for this public event
Hosted Wine bar for the first hour

Artillery Magazine presents a special book reading and signing of
Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce, by writer Peter Clothier.

Peter Clothier's Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce arrives at the perfect time. As the art world tries to reinvent itself in the current economic malaise, Clothier's book inspires us to see the soul and spirit inherent in the creative process. Money may not be the root of all evil but it is the root of a lot of bad art. Peter Clothier challenges artists, writers, actors and filmmakers to value artistic process as a goal in itself rather than a path to wealth and power. Most of all, Clothier urges us to keep on creating - to never give up. The world would be a lesser place without the arts. A beautiful, inspiring book. Highly recommended.

Peter Clothier is a long time student of the dharma and a meditation practitioner. In this context he examines the qualities of compassion, perseverance and discernment on the artist's predicament in a world that judges success in terms of celebrity and material reward. Peter describes his new book:
"The title, together with the subtitle, pretty much says it all. This latest book is a collection of essays, written over the past thirty years, addressing in a variety of ways the predicament of the artist in a cultural climate in which celebrity and established commerical track record too often count for more than talent and quality of work. Yet artists of all kinds still have to "do it"- if only because that's who they are. The book describes strategies I myself have found to be indispensible in learning to "persist" beyond the all too familiar obstacles: practice, the exercise of mental and logistical discipline, and building community."
Peter Clothier has a long and distinguished career as an an internationally-known art writer, novelist and poet. Peter avoids the jargon that obscures much current writing about art by using readily understood language that illuminates rather than obfuscates. Clothier seeks to achieve a harmony of mind, heart, and body in his work, and looks for this quality in the artists he writes about. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Artscene, ARTNews and other publications. Peter writes a daily weblog,The Buddha Diaries, and is a contributing blogger to The Huffington Post. He also hosts a monthly podcast entitled "The Art of Outrage," on ArtScene Visual Radio."
Peter Clothier's latest book is

Available from the publisher at: Peter Clothier's Persist from Parami Press And from Amazon: Peter Clothier's Persist Peter Clothier's blog The Buddha Diaries is continually informative and entertaining.

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