In this week’s newsletter: re-reading old favorites, drawing yourself out of a funk, and more...

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A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon

Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. After a long 8 months away, I’m back in Texas, writing from a new studio just two blocks south of where I first landed twelve summers ago. Life is good.
  2. I re-read Charles Portis’s Masters of Atlantis and liked it even better this time. I also re-read True Grit and The Dog of the South this year, and I’ll probably go ahead and re-read Norwood and Gringos, too. (Then I might read his miscellany.) I often wish he had another book to drop on us, but I also sort of hope he’s just sitting somewhere in Little Rock sipping whiskey and enjoying being 85.
  3. How to draw yourself out of a creative funk
  4. The shame of crowd-funding health care. (Why I’m basically a single issue voter.)
  5. The secret to the gruesome sounds in Mortal Kombat: exploding vegetables.
  6. I’ve loved David Shrigley’s work for a long time, but with his recent pieces I feel like he’s illustrating my life.
  7. Music: I’ve been writing to Neu! '75
  8. Movies: I loved William Friedkin’s 1977 movie Sorcerer, which has a bonkers making-of story. And I’m glad I waited until I was back in Austin to go see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood at the Alamo Drafthouse. (All movies are better with loaded fries and a cherry Coke!) Watching both those movies, I was reminded of the line from Heather Havrilesky’s essay on blockbusters: “Every story now has to involve a threat to the entire globe. This is meant to raise the stakes, but it actually lowers them...”
  9. TV: I re-watched the pilot of Justified, and now I think I might just have to re-watch the whole series.
  10. The survival of Iggy Pop. (If you like punk, do get a copy of Please Kill Me.)
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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