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About Brandon Stosuy
Brandon Stosuy is the co-founder and editor in chief at The Creative Independent, the co-founder of the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson, NY, and the co-founder of Zone 6. Previously, he was Managing Editor and Director of Editorial Operations at the website Pitchfork and has been a music curator at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and at MoMA PS1 in New York City. For the past 12 years Stosuy and the visual artist Matthew Barney have collaborated on a series of live events, objects, and print publications related to their Long Island City performance space, REMAINS. (They are at work on a book about that space.) His anthology, Up is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992 was published by NYU Press in 2006 and he is the author of two children’s books: Music Is and We Are Music, along with a three-volume journal and memoir series about work/life balance, inspiration, and failure. The first installment, Make Time For Creativity, is out September 8, 2020 on Abrams Image. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife and two sons.
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The second in a series of three guides dedicated to the practical and emotional sides of living a creative life, Stay Inspired explores how to grow an idea into a project and how to keep the spark of creativity present in your daily life. This guide poses a series of questions on themes of tapping into your own story and circumstances of inspiration, identifying your influences, finding inspiring communities, and initiating partnerships and collaborations. Working artists from all walks of life—musicians, authors, filmmakers, dancers, designers, and visual artists—offer their responses to the questions posed throughout the book, providing an inspirational framework for discovering new ideas, channeling your influences, and making work in conversation with others.
Part memoir, part zine, part "how-to," and oral history, in Stay Inspired, author and curator Brandon Stosuy taps into an incredible network of talent to provide diverse (and diverging) perspectives on how creativity can be inspired and channeled into your independent work, collaborations, and communities.
Includes quotes by: Hanif Abdurraqib, Carly Ayres, Matthew Barney, Kevin Beasley, Heather Benjamin, Michael Berdan, Matt Berninger, Annie Bielski, Beth Campbell, Vernon Chatman, George Clarke, Dennis Cooper, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Drew Daniel, Nika Roza Danilova, Meg Duffy, Sadie Dupuis, Dominick Fernow, Roxane Gay, Sarah Gerard, Ioanna Gika, Richard Hell, Hermione Hoby, Matthew Day Jackson, Sarah Kinlaw, Christopher Y. Lew, Ling Ma, Melissa Auf der Maur, Shanekia McIntosh, Eileen Myles, Aparna Nancherla, Maggie Nelson, Clementine Nixon, Valentine Nixon, Sara Quin, JD Samson, Lavender Suarez, Darcie Wilder, Jess Williamson, Shawna X
Venture into a space that intimately discusses how to find time to express yourself and develop your talents. Brandon Stosuy taps into a diverse network of working artists to provide perspective on how creativity can be prioritized among the other demands on your time. Posing a series of questions on the themes of defining work-life balance, forming daily rituals, setting intentions, meeting goals, and taking time off from creativity, this book provides an inspiring framework for building your own creative process and using your time meaningfully.
Includes quotes by: Hanif Abdurraqib, Matthew Barney, David Byrne, Vernon Chatman, Cynthia Daignault, Sadie Dupuis, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Josh Fadem, Haley Fohr, Brooks Ginnan, Sasha Hecht, Hermione Hoby, Chelsea Hodson, Jenny Hval, Matthew Day Jackson, Elaine Kahn, Emma Kohlmann, Prem Krishnamurthy, R.O. Kwon, Dorothea Lasky, Sigrid Lauren, Shanekia McIntosh, Mitski, Eileen Myles, Henry Rollins, JD Samson, Sufjan Stevens, Lavender Suarez, Jia Tolentino, Amelia Trask, Justin Vernon, Clive Smith, and Chariot Wish
From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief, Brandon Stosuy, comes a new board book called We Are Music that dives into the history of music.
It starts with clapping, tapping, and drums, and from there the music moves in many different directions. From classical to blues to jazz to country to rock to punk to rap to hip hop, there is one important thread that weaves through every song that has ever been created: us.
Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.