How Women Work: PW Talks with Mason Currey
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How Women Work: PW Talks with Mason Currey

Mason Currey In Daily Rituals: Women at Work (Knopf, March 2019), Mason Currey’s sequel to Daily Rituals: How Artists Work , the author reveals the critical ways in which women artists persevere to create art despite societal constrictions and personal adversity. After compiling the work schedules of 161 artists (only 27 of whom were women) in his first book on the subject, Currey uses his sequel as a corrective that focuses solely on the lives of women artists. PW spoke with Currey about editorial decisions, the lure of rituals, the “deadly determination” to pursue craft, and more. Why was it important to you to use your sequel to Daily Rituals as a “corrective” to the original volume? I don’t know if you’ve ever had the experience of realizing the huge, crippling flaw in a project just at the moment when you can no longer do anything to fix it, but that was sort of my experience here. The ratio of men to women in the first Daily Rituals was way out of whack, but somehow I didn’t see this until the book was done and out in the world. For a while, I just felt bad about it. Then […]

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