In the end, there is no ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn't shut you down. It should make you want to be there, and once you find it, stick with it. To get the creative habit, you need a working environment that's habit-forming.
All preferred working states, no matter how eccentric, have one thing in common: When you enter into them, they impel you to get started.
This was a great book that both intrigued and inspired me. As an immense Apple fanboy, I enjoyed tracing the genesis of the world's favorite company. But as an engineer, I also enjoyed all of his anecdotes about engineers. While the writing was disorganized and less than stellar, the book has truly inspired me.
I saw the movie today and immediately raced to the bookstore afterwards to buy the play. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and believe it deserves all the awards it's gotten thus far, but the play is much better. The parallels are uncanny and both are so good--but I guess if you write the play and screenplay and direct the movie, then that happens. In any case, it's a quick read and definitely a good supplement to the movie. I give this a 5/5. Sidenote: I think he did it.
"There are people who go after your humanity, Sister James, who tell you the light in your heart is a weakness. That your soft feelings betray you. I don't believe that. It's an old tactic of cruel people to kill kindness in the name of virtue. Don't believe it. There's nothing wrong with love."
(Flynn to Sister James, p. 41)
_The Death of Ivan Ilych_ is a very depressing story. Despite the emotions--you certainly feel sorry for Ivan, who, upon his death bed, realizes his life was fruitless--it's an amazing story, told in a way that only Tolstoy can. Recommended read, as with all Tolstoy. Spoiler: Ivan Ilych dies.
_Getting Real_ is an amazing, life-changing book on how to act smart and get real in the business world of web 2.0. The insights shared by the creators of renowned app Basecamp are invaluable for anyone looking to do business on the web or just life in general ([gblakeman](http://readernaut.com/gblakeman/notes/697/) is right). Hands down, getting real with whatever you're doing is a great way to go. Recommended read; it's quick and fun--5/5.