The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help (Unabridged)
by Amanda Palmer & Brené Brown (foreword)
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When we really see each other, we want to help each other." Amanda Palmer Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses. And because she had learned how to ask, she was able to go to the world to ask for the money to make a new album and tour with it, and to raise over a million dollars in a month. In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use these same principles in our own lives.
This is such an amazing book. I went to both the midnight book signing (and Harvard Square parade to the bookstore) and the Royale show celebrating the release in Boston. Amanda is such a phenomenal artist and an authentic person. It was so great to not only celebrate the release of the book but be able to experience several readings from the book, often narrated by the person she was describing. The book has so many wonderful stories, that make you cry or laugh, and it’s such an eloquently written exploration into the human spirit and the way we communicate and connect with one another. I’ve been an Amanda Palmer fan for a long time, and this is such a phenomenal extension of her art in literary form, and a collection of all the writings she’s released over the years through social media and other forms.
Inspirational, Touching & Highly Entertaining
Please don't let the title fool you, this isn't really a self-help book, per se. It's more of an autobiography that just might inspire you if you just happen to have a heart and soul. The physical book is a wonderful read but it's even better when you listen to Amanda recount her story herself. Bonus feature of the audio is that it includes some of her songs, which makes it even more entertaining to listen to. The book alternates between her experience raising money with Kickstarter, her time working as living statue (particulary fascinating to me), her lovingly honest depiction of her blossoming relationship with her now husband Neil Gaiman, life in the Dresden Dolls, and relating life lessons from her friend/mentor Anthony. I loved listening to it and was genuinely sad when it was over. Take the flower. Take the doughnuts. Message received, Amanda.
Life changing beautiful ridiculous book
Not even kidding. This book changed my life. I cried, I giggled, I thought about Life, I learned about Asking. Will you please give this book a try? I recommend it with my whole heart.