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Hey y’all,

What a week. Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing: 

  1. My book Keep Going came out in Italy this week, which is interesting timing, considering I just realized it basically doubles as a manual for working from home
  2. This week I read Yoshiharu Tsuge’s The Man Without Talent, which, though beautiful, was pretty bleak. (A comic that addresses a lot of the same themes that I love is James Sturm’s Market Day.) I also finished Elisa Gabbert’s forthcoming book of essays, The Unreality of Memory, which is basically about the apocalypse. (Her book The Word Pretty was on my favorite reads of 2019.) After those heavy reads, I’m curling up at night with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
  3. The absolute best thing I saw all week was Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Incredible movie. Here’s an interview with director Céline Sciamma.
  4. I was delighted to see how many people attempted their own one-page zines. Other fun quarantine-friendly and family-friendly activities I endorse: blind contour drawings, making collagesblock printing, starting a journal, watching old movies, learning to draw with Ed Emberley books and Super Simple Draw, recording songs in Garageband, and blackout poetry
  5. The Internet Archive’s VHS Vault will send you on a 90s nostalgia trip. (I am an old millennial but I did not remember this ending to the TV show Dinosaurs, nor this Marxist cop show.)
  6. Ear candy: the boy and I have been listening to a lot of Four Tet, especially the last album, New Energy. The new album, Sixteen Oceans, is out today. (If you’re unfamiliar, here’s a Spotify playlist.)
  7. Netflix: If you just want to kick back and relax, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a fun watch. (Beware: It might make make you want to break quarantine for a hot plate.)
  8. RIP pianist McCoy Tyner. (This performance with Coltrane of “My Favorite Things” is, well, one of my favorite things.)
  9. RIP actor Max von Sydow. (Don’t think I can bring myself to re-watch The Seventh Seal right now.)
  10. How to read like Rossellini.
Thanks for reading. This is usually the part where I mention that this newsletter is free, but not cheap, etc., but we’ve all got enough we’re dealing with, just take care of your people and keep going.

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PS. Here is the vibe I’m cultivating:
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Austin Kleon

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

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