In this week’s newsletter: losing our sense of time, quilting with tape, and more...

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the chronovirus

Hey y’all,

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

  1. The virus is messing with our sense of time.
  2. I’m reading Zadie Smith’s new mini-collection of essays, Intimations, Seymour Papert’s The Children’s Machine, and Alison Gopnik’s The Gardener and The Carpenter.
  3. I’m in love with quilting.
  4. Two cool book announcements: Roxane Gay has edited The Selected Works of Audre Lorde and Brian Eno’s A Year With Swollen Appendices is finally being reissued. (It’s been out-of-print for forever. I put it at the very top of the recommended reading list in Show Your Work!)
  5. How have I survived a dozen Texas summers without knowing the word “estivate”?
  6. Tip: next time there’s a museum show you’re interested in, check the website for a family or classroom guide.
  7. Podcast: My wife got me hooked on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail. I recommend her interviews with Andrew Scott, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alain de Botton, and Olivia Laing.
  8. Poem: “Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.”
  9. Ear candy: Harry Styles’ cover of “Sledgehammer” has me listening to Peter Gabriel’s original on repeat. (Did you know The Brothers Quay did some animation work for the video?) I was also inspired to throw together a Spotify playlist of my favorite cuts with The Memphis Horns.
  10. Aggravation is my muse.
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PS. Here’s one of my tape quilts:
tape quilt
Austin Kleon

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

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