This week: doing the work, toys that aren't toys, and lots of ear candy... 

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if you want to be the noun first do the verb
Hey y'all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb.
  2. Some seriously great examples of Show Your Work! in action: Stumptown Coffee's updated brewing guides, a documentary of Double Fine's game design process, how John T. Unger made a huge flag out of bottle caps, Drew Dernavich's scratchboard method, and behind-the-scenes of the new Star Wars movie.
  3. Why the ideal toy is not a toy at all
  4. Wondering what criticism you should listen to? Consult “The Disapproval Matrix.”
  5. Ten lessons from designer Tibor Kalman.
  6. With all the sleep deprivation in this house, sometimes I feel as crazy as these face collages by John Stezaker
  7. What Iggy Pop learned from reading Gibbons' The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
  8. How to get mildew smells out of books. (Found after a paperback I ordered arrived reeking of cigarette smoke — I’ve been leaving it out in the sun all day and sealing it up in a tupperware with charcoal packets all night. It's working!)
  9. Andrew Bird playing in a canyon and how locations shape music.
  10. More ear candy for you: a 1979 DJ set by David Bowie and Elvis Costello's most "curiously underrated" album.

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

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