In this week’s newsletter: how to read more, the wisdom of Spinal Tap, and much more...

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Hey y’all,

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

  1. How to read more.
  2. I laughed all the way up until the end of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel Less. Then I cried. Wonderful book. 
  3. The wisdom of This Is Spinal Tap: “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”
  4. Ear candy: Cocteau Twins’ Heaven or Las Vegas.  (If you listen to vinyl, it’s super cheap here.) The album is #1 on Pitchfork’s list of best dream pop albums and I was happy to see “Iceblink Luck” on Frank Chimero’s annual spring playlist
  5. The manuscripts of Emily Dickinson. (I love the book The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems.)
  6. Random recommendations: Setting time limits on your phone with Screen Time. Hot water with honey and lemon in the morning. Drinking cheap wine out of juice glasses.
  7. This Curbed piece on what happens when you find lead paint in your house is a great example of reporting with hand-drawn illustrations integrated into the story that looks great on the screen. (For more hand-drawn journalism, check out Wendy MacNaughton’s Meanwhile column.)
  8. Damon Krukowski on how Myspace lost 12 years worth of music. (I really liked his book The New Analog, and I can’t wait for Ways of Hearing, which is based on the terrific podcast of the same name.)
  9. Keep Going comes out in 10 days and then I hit the road for two months (still time to get your free pre-order print!), so I’m in “The Gulp”: the moment when something you made is out of your hands, but it’s not really in anybody else’s yet. (Somebody asked me what being in The Gulp is like, and I said, “Well, it’s like waiting on Christmas morning...”)
  10. RIP poet W.S. Merwin. RIP filmmaker Barbara Hammer. RIP guitarist Dick Dale.
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PS. I love seeing these prints out in the world!
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Austin Kleon

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

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