This week: we go back-to-school shopping...

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Hey y'all,

We're quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year: back-to-school sales! Whether you’re a student or not, head down the school supply aisle and get yourself some goodies. Here’s a little shopping list: 
  1. Gay Talese writes using scissors and glue.
  2. Nabokov, Annie Dillard, Stephen Colbert, Rebecca Skloot, Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers all use(d) index cards.
  3. Laurence Weschler plays with blocks.
  4. John Waters, Jerry Seinfeld, Oliver Sacks, and Lynda Barry write on legal pads.
  5. Twyla Tharp starts every new project with a banker's box.
  6. When you should type on a keyboard, and when you should write with a pencil. (I like Palamino Blackwings.)
  7. Keith Haring, Michael Bierut, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Paul Thek all used plain ol' composition books
  8. I swear by a good paper dictionary. (John McPhee says it's way better than a thesaurus and Nick Cave keeps a handwritten one.)
  9. It's now cool for adults to buy coloring books.
  10. Hallie Bateman has a whole newsletter dedicated to pens. (I like Papermate Flairs, Pilot G-2 Bolds, and Pentel Brush Pens.)
I’m back from vacation next week, so things will be back to normal again. (Although, I enjoyed the themed newsletters for a change!)


Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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