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This week: finite and infinite games, books, eye and ear candy, and more...

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A newsletter from Austin Kleon
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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. I’m traveling with the whole family this week, so my daily blog might feel a little lighter than usual. (A few favorite posts from earlier in the week: writing your own sequel, creative card games, why I start each new book with a fresh banker’s box, and creativity as a renewable energy.)
     
  2. Last weekend I devoured James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games. I added it and bunch of other books to my recommended reading site. So far my reading year has been a bit of a nonfiction sausagefest, so I’m going to check out a few of the books on this list of remarkable recent fiction written by women. (Homesick for Another World has to be one of the best titles ever.)
     
  3. For years, Sara Bader’s Quotenik was one of my favorite sites, dedicated to accurate and fully-attributed quotes from creative people. She’s now edited two great books of quotes: Art Is The Highest Form of Hope and a new one, Every Day a Word Surprises Me.
     
  4. Some other smart friends have books out: Ryan Holiday’s Conspiracy is getting great reviews and Erika Hall has a brand-new (so new I haven’t gotten my copy yet) one out, Conversational Design.  
     
  5. People have (rightly) been raving about Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odysseyhere’s a terrific Twitter thread where she talks about the Sirens.
     
  6. Eye candy: Mozart’s diary, the anatomy of Peanuts characters, and Vanessa Davis drawing charcoal murals.
     
  7. A poem: W.S. Merwin’s “Exercise” (Spotted in Matthew Ogle’s POME newsletter.)
     
  8. To watch: I am a gigantic fan of the writer and artist Joe Brainard. Filmmaker Matt Wolf has made his short film about him available for only $1. (Wolf made another film about one of my favorite artists: Arthur Russell.)
     
  9. RIP Tower Records founder Russ Solomon.
     
  10. If you’re attending SXSW, come see me interview Mac and Laura from Superchunk! (I’m currently reading Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records for research.)
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xoxo, 

Austin

PS. Thanks to @ClemiChan for this cute photo of Steal Like An Artist!
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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