The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy.
Randy Pausch writes about his life full of love and hope. He shares fun anecdotes about his family and friends and students. His goal is to inspire others to live their life by following their dreams. In the end he tells his audience that he didn’t do this for those watching or reading but for the young children he would be leaving behind.
Now you may be wondering why I’m giving this book a “low” rating. His lecture was definitely 5 stars, but the book was just a bit superfluous for me (but of course, he didn’t write this book for me, he wrote it for his kids). Also, as an introvert, I don’t quite agree with a few of his methods as a professor.
Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art.
The book Make Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.
This was a fun read, as it was designed by a graphic artist, the words were not placed in the normal format of a book. It was really a short, inspiring read for anyone who loves art in any format.
“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked…that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
“I decided that I would do my best in the future not to write books just for money. If you didn’t get the money then you didn’t have anything. If I did the work I was proud of and I didn’t get the money, at least I’d have the work.”
Here you can find some great quotes from the book.
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