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school supplies

Hey y’all,

Whether you’re a student or not, it’s a good time of year to head down the school supply aisle and get yourself some goodies. Here’s a little shopping list: 

  1. When I get blue or stuck, I like to get out scissors and glue and make collages. (I like plain ol’ Fiskars and an old-school UHU stic.)
  2. In Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott suggests leaving index cards around the house. (Check out Ryan Holiday’s notecard system.)
  3. Laurence Weschler plays with blocks.
  4. John Waters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oliver Sacks write/wrote on legal pads.
  5. Twyla Tharp starts every new project with a fresh banker's box.
  6. There are times you should type on a keyboard, and times when you should write with a pencil. (I like Palamino Blackwings.)
  7. I swear by a good paper dictionary. (John McPhee says it's way better than a thesaurus and Nick Cave keeps a handwritten one.)
  8. Keith Haring, Michael Bierut, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Paul Thek all used plain ol' composition books. (Lynda Barry uses them so much she makes her books look like them.)
  9. I keep a notebook turducken: a flexible notebook for my diary, a Leuchtturm for my pocket notebook, and a Moleskine daily planner for my logbook.
  10. My favorite pen is a Pilot G-2 Bold. (Here’s more of my favorite stuff.)
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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