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The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help By Amanda Palmer,

  • Title: The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • Author: Amanda Palmer
  • ISBN: 9781455581085
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd and slept on their couches while touring ARock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd and slept on their couches while touring And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world s most successful music Kickstarter.Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife She learns that she isn t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of The Art Of Asking.Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty first century, both on and off the Internet The Art Of Asking will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
    The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help Rock star crowdfunding pioneer and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars Wh

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    1. I see you, Amanda Palmer constantly repeats, in this book and on her social media I see you We are exchanging There is meaning to every interaction There is meaning to the artist fan relationship.I see you.I was a massive Dresden Dolls fan ten years ago I remember waiting in an autograph line with a friend after a Dolls show a line just like the ones she describes in The Art of Asking, with amazing people on either side of us, chatting about music and cheerfully clutching CDs to our chest And th [...]

    2. Asking It seems like such a simple thing We do it every day We ask, How are you and Do you mind if I sit down and Can you please hold this and Do you remember that song We ask and ask and ask and most of the time don t think much about it, until it comes to asking for big things Money Can you loan me 1,000 A place to live Is it okay if I camp out at your apartment for a couple months Transportation May I borrow your car Fundraising Please contribute to our cause Help Any kind of serious help Any [...]

    3. I was sort of inclined not to like this book from the beginning Amanda Palmer s stop pretending art is hard thing has always rubbed me the wrong way, and then when she decided to write a book it seemed like just another manifestation of that what, like writing a book is hard But the book itself Is really good.That s not to say it isn t problematic It is But the problems are in the concept, not in the execution Palmer s a really good writer, and her stories are all raw and interesting, if almost [...]

    4. Amanda Palmer is an extremely talented artist who has done it all from performing in a punk rock band to posing as a statue on the streets.I can see why readers are passionate about this book and the author She just didn t strike a spark for me.Memoirs can drag on and become self indulgent and ridiculous I feel like that was a problem with The Art of Asking.The tipping point for me was when she formed The Dresden Dolls with her friend and said I m quoting from memory here since I was listening t [...]

    5. While Amanda has a few decent points, which are easy enough to grasp within the span of the first chapter Her anecdotes are so remarkably self centered it becomes hard to bare When this book isn t Amanda bragging about how she has asked people for things and returned the favor with her majestic presence i.e I asked people on twitter if I could stay at their house, and in return they got to hang out with me it is indignant narcissistic drivel about being treated poorly by her label If it s not th [...]

    6. I wouldn t call myself a fan of Amanda Palmer The Dresden Dolls was never really my jam when she ended up on my radar it was because she married Neil Gaiman of whom I definitely am a fan, and whose blog and Twitter I ve followed for years and years.The vast majority of what I know about her is what I ve learned through the words of a fantastic writer who loves her Thus, I already want to like her but while I don t dislike her, I m not sure I like her It s complicated.What I think of Amanda Palme [...]

    7. One of my favorite ways to learn is by picking random autobiographies of people I have never heard of and reading them That is what happened in this situation This book was suggested to me through Overdrive because I like strong women I didn t have to put it on hold, so I thought, why not This is the second book this year that I read a book about someone I had no idea who they were.I rated this book a 3 out of 5, because it was an easy read and somewhat entertaining The book definitely could hav [...]

    8. 5 Fucking Stars and Hugs For AllA little background, because I feel like I need to put this here I love Amanda Palmer s music I received a burned copy of The Dresden Dolls my senior year in high school late 2005 2006 I fell in love with her lyrics and their music back then, and I ve continued to support both Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione whenever I can.That has included supporting AFP s Kickstarter Honestly, I pretty much ignored any negative story on the subject, because I just didn t care w [...]

    9. Ok, so this isn t my type of book, but it s Amanda Palmer, so I m naturally curious as hell to read this Please come through Netgalley I mean, if not the book, I ll take the coin operated boy that I have been waiting for2015 YES I AM BEHINDuff it PopSugar Challenge with my fellow crustaceans Karly, Jess, Heather, and NeniaA memoir The Art of Asking or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help Palmer, AmandaAttempt 1 Netgalley sucksAttempt 2 Started by my Library loan expired, crazy wai [...]

    10. Won through Firstreads, Thank you Big confession I entered this giveaway because I m at a point in my life where I need to learn to ask for help I truly thought this was of a self help book, and had never heard of Amanda Palmer Turns out, Amanda Palmer is a pretty big deal, and she really did help me learn to ask for help, just not in the way I had expected.Palmer is true artist Beginning her profession as a statue in a wedding dress, standing on a box at various street corners, with with a tip [...]

    11. Amanda Palmer is a pretty polarizing person Some love her crazy theatre girl ways and commitment to a bohemian lifestyle of art at any costs Some think she s a poseur, a sell out, a scammer I m somewhere in the middle, curious about what she does, interested in her artistic output, but not particularly keen on following in her footsteps.When I heard she had a book coming out, I definitely wanted to read it So I grabbed a copy, and tore through it in a couple of days It was one of those books peo [...]

    12. Asking for help with shame says You have the power over me.Asking with condescension says I have the power over you.But asking for help with gratitude says We have the power to help each other.First off a 5 star rating is an odd thing for me to give unless we re talking about Harry Potter of course but it was the realest rating I could think of when it comes to The Art of Asking Listening to Amanda s voice on the audiobook was just so calming, relaxing and inspiring that now any other audiobook [...]

    13. This book started off being pretty much what I thought it would be A book to appeal to Palmer fans and indirectly to Neil Gaiman fan s her marriage doing much to increase her online reach A book about being a piano thumping, underwear flaunting indie rocker It is that book and it s something else as well I have an interest in crowd funding having run a reasonable campaign myself in 2011 or so I have never been a lover of Ms Palmers music but I am aware of her careful nurturing of a fan base and [...]

    14. It s been a while since I felt quite so conflicted over a book, so consider those three stars to be an average between a squished heart and a raised eyebrow Prior to reading this book which is the first celebrity memoir I ve ventured into , all I knew about Amanda Palmer was what could be gleaned from the blog posts of her husband, Neil Gaiman I had a vague awareness of a few of the storylines, so I welcomed the chance to get a complete picture in Palmer s own words She narrates the audiobook h [...]

    15. I should be too old, too jaded, too well read, and too involved to get sucked into book that MAKES ME WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON.ButwellIt happened anyway.So before I get into the review, I just want to thank the writer for her openness and honesty I want to thank her for revealing such heartbreaking intimacy to us I was already a fan, but I wasn t part of the fen That has changed I saw something that spoke to me and revealed a level of courage that was compelling than practically anything I ve [...]

    16. Someone I know apparently knows Amanda Palmer and had a draft copy of this and offered it to me to read and do big picture level edits I thought but did not say, Amanda Palmer is really problematic, so I don t want to be involved in supporting her in any way The second time I was offered the manuscript, I said yes, because I was curious.It opens with a tampon story and ugh, not all females menstruate and not everyone who menstruates is female Amanda, I m sure you have trans friends be a little [...]

    17. So tbh, I went into this book without really knowing about Amanda Palmer I was just interested in reading memoirs from women I might find inspiration from for my own life Reading Yes, Please and Year of Yes had me left wanting to read from strong, independent women who made their way What perked my interest in this book was the title The Art of Asking The reason for that is simple I haaaate asking others to help me Even as I struggle and sometimes realize I ll fail without help I ll seldomly as [...]

    18. I don t think I would have picked up this book if it wasn t for the lovely Jen Campbell I ve never particularly been a fan of Amanda Palmer before, not because I disliked her but because I never really knew much about her Of course I knew of her, and I d heard a couple of Dresden Dolls songs years ago when they were still around, and of course I was aware of her marriage to Neil Gaiman Anything else though was a mystery to me, and I mainly picked this up as it had been billed as a kind of self h [...]

    19. She s a fine writer, and talented in other ways, and I agree with a lot of what she says about asking for help But asking for help with gratitude says We have the power to help each other This is true, and I think it s something worth talking about and trying to convince people of.That said, I didn t finish the book because I was often bored, annoyed, or a little of both These hangups are purely my own, and I don t want to trash Palmer she is who she is but she s hard for me to spend time with, [...]

    20. People This is the best nonfiction book I ve read this year, and if you re the creative type and making art in any form you must read this You know how you don t have to like tennis to enjoy Agassi s Open Same thing You don t have to be a fan of Amanda s music or music in general though, honestly, who doesn t like music to enjoy Amanda s memoir I had no idea how her music sounded or who she was before watching her TedTalk a while ago youtu xMj_P_6H69g It s definitely not the self help book type [...]

    21. The only reason I have heard of Amanda Palmer is because of her hilarious riposte to the Daily Mail when it tried to make a scandal about her breast popping out of her bra anyone familiar with AP knows it s not at all unusual for her to show flesh than that Someone recommended this book, based on her famous TED talk, so I thought it might be worth a read.Well, if you are one of the many unconditional fans of Amanda Palmer, which many reviewers here appear to be, you ll love it I found it intere [...]

    22. As ghastly as her music, and therefore likely to be lapped up as being so soul pleasing and profound as her music apparently is by her psychofan sycophants It s full of the worst kind of false modesty, No, Amanda, my friend said, you re brilliant, you re the queen of the internet, you re so wise and talented that sort of shit You didn t hear it from her, but you heard all about it from her friends through her Fucking atrocious really.

    23. It s no secret Amanda Palmer can be a divisive figure Most interesting people are But, I think the thing that really shines through about Palmer is that she s genuine Whether you like or dislike her, her work and or her opinions I think by the end of this book it would be hard to argue that she isn t honest I think there s a tendency to distrust artsy people on some level The face makeup, the bohemian lifestyle, the way they dress it can be easy to stand on the outside and wonder if it s not all [...]

    24. In my darkest hours, I still go to my secret stash of medicine music to comfort me, like a familiar childhood blanket, and cocoon myself in the songs of Kimya Dawson, Leonard Cohen, or Robyn Hitchcock, who seem to be expressing some inexpressable thing inside of me And listening to those songs performed live, in concert, and sharing that blanket feeling with a crowd of strangers, gives me a feeling of humanhood that I don t often get to experience it s the closest thing I have to church.I m quit [...]

    25. Em A arte de pedir, Amanda Palmer conta uma parte de sua vida em que construiu um relacionamento s lido com seus f s e como se achou digna de poder pedir algo em troca da sua arte.Eu tirei li es valiosas desse livro Sou daquelas pessoas que tenta ao m ximo n o depender de ningu m, ent o as vezes acabo mergulhando no meu pr prio orgulho e ficando frustrada e estacionada na vida Como o livro praticamente uma biografia, apesar das li es interessant ssimas, passei boa parte da leitura entediada com [...]

    26. Amanda Palmer is, first and foremost, human As such, she is bound to say, in our opinion, the wrong thing at, also in our opinion, the wrong time.It s not a matter of mistake making, even if, as a human being, she s also bound to board that particular train, at least every now and then She might simply be looking at things from a perspective that happens to stand on the exact opposite side of ours It doesn t mean she wants to harm us, though it doesn t mean she s out to get us or fight us She mi [...]

    27. a passionate stew of human connections A one line takeaway from this book can be If you love people enough, they will give you everything The Art of Asking or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer is not one of those How To self help books This book is a memoir, a profound and close account of an artist, and about her experiments, the failures and successes I have never heard of Amanda Palmer and just happened to stumble upon this book during one of the online sear [...]

    28. This book is one which I never truly planned to pick up because, although I knew who Amanda was because of her marriage to Neil Gaiman, I never really had followed her or her career This doesn t really matter when you read this book though because even if you don t know her at all, you can connect and be inspired by elements of her story, her life and the ideas she lives by.The format I read this in was audiobook, which was definitely a good choice It meant that it was narrated by Amanda herself [...]

    29. Amanda Palmer is absolutely fearless in sharing her deepest thoughts and emotions As an artist and a human being, she is just infinitely interesting Her writing kept me wanting and I felt like I was at a sleepover listening to exciting stories, experiences and insight This book goes above and beyond its job of teaching you that it s okay to ask for help sometimes without feeling shame It s funny, personal, refreshing and will leave you satisfied And there are plenty of details of her relationsh [...]

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