This week: the art of tidying up, making yourself interesting, paying attention, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. Well, it’s December 1st. 31 days left in the year. If you started tomorrow, you could finish a 30-day challenge by 2018. Or, you could buy a new calendar to prepare, and just chill and sip whiskey the rest of 2017! As always, the question is: What do we do with the days?
  2. The art of tidying up
  3. Brutal, but good advice: “Have you tried making yourself a more interesting person?
  4. Every year Largehearted Boy keeps a list of “Best of 2017” Book Lists. I don’t make my year-end lists until the very end of the year, but here are books I’ve enjoyed so far. (Right now, I’d say my favorite book I read this year that was also published this year is Tamara Shopsin’s Arbitrary Stupid Goal, followed closely by Laura Walls’ biography of Thoreau.)
  5. Diaries are evidence of our days.
  6. After dipping in and out throughout the year, I finished Andrew Epstein’s Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture. (Here’s my map of some of its themes.) It’s a big hardback from an academic press, so it’s a little pricey, but there’s good stuff in there, and some poets I didn’t know about, like A.R. Ammons. (I’m planning on reading his Tape for the Turn of the Year this month.) Serendipitously, Ammons is profiled by Dan Chiasson in the latest New Yorker: “The Great American Poet of Daily Chores.”
  7. The Rhodes Piano, one of my favorite instruments, was originally designed to heal.
  8. Social media is keeping us stuck in the moment. (Clive’s idea about a social network showing old related posts is similar to my “People You Follow” search habit.)
  9. Looking at art with children. (My advice: Borrow a kid.) Speaking of kids, this is an awesome gift guide.
  10. “We have no art, we do everything as well as we can.”
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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