Actor and playwright Smith casts her reflections on the creative process, the artist’s life and the acting profession as a series of brief letters. “Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.”. Anna Deavere Smith is renowned for her one-woman shows, which have helped redefine modern theater. In her new book, Letters to a Young.

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It’s also a glimpse into her I just finished reading this but could already reread it. How much do you believe that art should be linked to politics and protests, and how much is it important to keep it separate and distinct?

In her opinion it means being aware and engaged.

Anna Deavere Smith’s ‘Letters to a Young Artist’ : NPR

So I think that the connection of art to politics is that artists, if so inclined, have the opportunity to be kind of a shadow of the real world and a shadow of politics and ask questions, important questions, which means that we need to be educated, we need to be in the world and annz away from the world, some of us. About Anna Deavere Smith Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, a teacher, a playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis.


First of all, you can teach technical things. About Anna Deavere Smith. We are at a point in time where some people don’t feel empowered to question. From “the most exciting individual in American theater” Newsweekhere is Anna Deavere Smith’s brass-tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes.

Dec 17, Cricket Z rated amith it was amazing.

Letters to a Young Artist

In the chapter Auditioning, Selling Your Wares, she compares the artist to clowns. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Your desire to communicate must be bigger than your relationship with the chaotic and unfair realities.

ADS talks about presence and what it is to have it. Young artists — Conduct of life — Miscellanea. But almost equally often, they wander off topic and stay gone long enough that you wonder what, if anything, Smith had set out to convey. It’s full of tough love, direct advice, useful anecdotes, and plain old inspiration. Whether she’s writing specifically about working in the arts, or going beyond that to more general questions, she strikes a nice balance between offering warm encouragement and being no-nonsense.

Jul 12, Chelsea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some of the letters didn’t speak to snith, some felt like I’d need to return to them in a few years or a dozen, and others lit me up.

You know, all kinds of people inspire me.

I also appreciated her discussion on why the artist does not have to suffer her point: I was reading Baudelaire’s Painter of Modern Life, and there’s this lefters quote in it which is basically that creativity is childhood recovered at will, childhood recovered at will.


At once inspiring and no-nonsense, Letters to a Young Artist will challenge you, motivate you, and set you on a course to pursue your art without compromise. Who inspired you when you were first starting out, and who inspires you now? Authority is no-nonsense, but the clown is tireless, always trying for, wishing for, approval. Thanks for joining us.

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It would make a great bathroom book beacuse it is organized as a series of short letters, some no more than a few words. This book has given me ideas to bring into the various writing classrooms I find myself in. At once inspiring and no-nonsense, Letters to a Young Artist will challenge lettrrs, motivate you, and set you on a course to pursue your art without compromise.

This hit-or-miss quality also characterizes the book itself. Jan 01, kt rated it liked it. Deavere Smith w a wonderfully straightforward This is a mixture of practical advice and personal reflection on being an artist in the world.

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