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Everyday Matters: A New York Diary [Hardcover]

Danny Gregory
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Sept. 26 2003
"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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Danny Gregory is the author of Creative License, Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio and Change Your Underwear Twice a Week: Lessons From the Golden Age of Classroom Filmstrips, which was named one of Amazon's top 10 humor books of 2004. His weblog, Everyday Matters, is visited regularly by tens of thousands of creative aspirants form around the world. He is an award-winning copywriter and creative director who has created global advertising campaigns for clients like American Express, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Burger King, Chase, and AT&T. He was born in London, grew up in Pakistan, Australia and Israel, is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and son. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I only started drawing fairly recently, But I've found it has a power to change my life and the world around me so profoundly and I'd like to share it with you. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've ordered multiple copies! Feb. 7 2004
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EVERYDAY MATTERS is never far from me, and always a source of inspiration. Danny's writing is engaging and funny and sad and wonderful, and never solipsistic or maudlin -- it's a really generous book, actually, and affecting in unexpected ways. I've been telling everyone I know, and then giving them copies. This book should be read by anyone going through a transition in their life, by every artist, by everyone who needs a reminder to stop and observe and be. Incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Something... Dec 22 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have always wanted to start a creative journal but never knew where to start. Browsing through Amazon I found 'Every Day Matters'. Reading all the positive reviews I HAD to buy it. I even bought one for my sister for Christmas. While the book was great, it didn't really live up to my expectations. The book seemed a bit lacking. There could have been more... I don't know, something. The first couple pages hooked me in and gave me a false sense of what was to come. When the book was done I was left saying "That's it?"
The book did accomplish what I got it for though, and that was to inspire me to do something like this of my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special, Intimate, Lovely March 28 2004
Everyday Matters is such a special, intimate, lovely book, it's hard to know where to begin singing its praises. To open the book is to steal a look inside the sketchbook (a.k.a. the heart and mind) of a man who has just realized that drawing might help him see everything more clearly -- including seeing his way into a whole new life, one in which his wife is in a wheelchair. And that man happens to live in and draw pictures of New York City, which he adores.
Besides the delights of Gregory's words and images -- which are sometimes funny, and other times poignant -- the book also serves as a nearly overwhelming incentive to pick up a pen and draw. And by drawing, to see objects again for the first time. If by publishing the book Gregory wished to remind people to look at the world around them with fresh, hungry, sensitive hearts and eyes, he has succeeded with this reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different view on life Nov. 7 2003
This is an outstanding book which keeps you busy much longer than the time you need to read the text or look at the drawings. The personal drama almost never turns into self-pity, which is important. Some thoughts stay in your mind, as they express something substantial in life we've almost forgotten. Apart from that, some of the drawings seem to have lost context to the story, like children who have lost their parents (if you know what I mean). Perhaps, Mr. Gregory loved to show some of the wonderful drawings without having a precise idea where to integrate them. But as the book is full of associations, just ignore it. Everyday matters is still lying on my kitchen table and often in the morning, I have one more look at the drawings and texts - still discovering new things. Perfect, isn't it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars what really matters in life... Nov. 24 2003
this is the kind of book that one reads in one setting, and then reads it again much slower. the story of danny, pattie, and jack coming to grips with the changes pattie's accident brings to all of their lives, is a parable for us all. danny weaves a story of life and love around a clever devise, his learning to draw. it is funny and sad but always intelligent. every person who has other people in their lives should read this book as a reminder of how good life is, if you stop and look at it for what it really is. i keep my copy nearby, and it makes me happy to just re-read a few pages now and then. i will be giving it this christmas to friends and family. i hope you will enjoy it as much as i do. the unexpected bonus is the brilliant art direction danny has brought to print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book Jan. 13 2004
This is a wonderful book, full of fabulous drawings and stories.
Makes you to look at the small details of your life in a fresh way. Would make an amazing present for anyone - I had it as a christmas present but had to wrestle it out of the hands of different family members who were all just as enthralled by it.
Is great to read as a journal / art book but also SO INSPIRING for anyone who would like to or does draw. Danny's weblog is also worth checking out at [...] for even more inspiration!
This is the type of book you don't read just once, everytime you pick it up, you notice something different. Will be buying more copies as birthday presents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner from so many perspectives March 29 2004
If you want to be inspired to draw, or to write, or to live more fully, or best of all to do all three simultaneously, (and if you only have 60 minutes to move closer to your goals)- Everyday Matters is a must read. It's real, charming, witty, whimsical, and teaches art and life lessons that can be applied BY ANYONE. For all those who say "but I can't draw" and even more for those who say "but what shall I draw" this has some answers to the first question and many to the second. It's hard for me to say whether Danny is a better artist, writer, or philosopher. Fortunately we get all three in this slim volume. I can't wait for his next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful gem Nov. 25 2003
Danny Gregory's book is a journal of impressions, discoveries and reflections on coming to grips with the tragic turns life can take. He guides us through his thoughts and feelings in a unique and evocative blend of writing and drawing that is engaging, wry, insightful and unexpected. He confronts the big questions of life as well as it's trivialities with a fresh and open honesty. We aren't treated to pat answers but to a wonderful process of rediscovering the world in a new way. Of not merely looking but seeing. Gregory's delightful drawings and seemingly random notes come together as a memorable and moving reflection on life's accidental gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you're not already a fan of Danny Gregory as an artist, his books will do it!
Published 1 month ago by G. Bisaillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting visually and to read
Danny's story is inspiring and encouraging to those with art in their hearts,
who might not think they can do it. Great crisis turns into strength and blessing story.
Published 9 months ago by P. Vick
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I was disappointed in this book. Although the author's story is touching, the book itself is not attractive at all and does not personally inspire me at all. Read more
Published on April 22 2011 by MamaBear123
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!
After reading Everday Matters I felt like I'd had a mini vacation, met some wonderful people, and it ended too soon! Refreshing and inspiring - not just for art, but for life.
Published on Oct. 11 2004 by N. Kite
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this gem of a book--
The drawings of everyday objects are delightful and lively, and the story that winds around the images is touching and uplifting. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Laurie Gatlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow down and savour this gem of a book.
I loved every moment I spent with this book, from the gorgeous cover to the heartfelt drawings and journal entries throughout. Well done, Danny Gregory. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Petit Prince?
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was deep, thoughtful, warm and simple yet wise. It reminded me of Le Petit Prince. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by David P. Hariton
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyday does Matter
This is one of the small gems that we can all learn from.
Danny Gregory has given us an intimate look into the "now"
that is so fleeting. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003
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