Copy
This week: disconnecting, LEGO, reading books, liner notes, and more... 

View this email in your browser
A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon
el arroyo sign

Hey y’all,

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

  1. I posted an 1,100-word blog post called “You Don’t Have To Live In Public” and the next day the El Arroyo sign did it better with 11 words. (Remember: Hobbies help!)
     
  2. LEGO advertising and nostalgia.
     
  3. I read Tove Jansson’s Moominpappa’s Memoirs, which is certainly not my favorite of her works, but enjoyable. (I’m thinking about re-reading all the comics and The Summer Book.)
     
  4. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without A Country, which is “minor” Vonnegut, I guess, but sort of comforting, like a long letter saved from the cranky, Socialist Midwestern grandfather you never had. (This look at his daughter Edie’s house combines a few of my current interests: Cape Cod [headed there in a bit for a short vacation] + converted barns a la Grand Designs.)
     
  5. I finished reading Horace’s Epistles, which are terrific. Get the David Ferry translation! (If you need more to read, check out my favorites.)
     
  6. Ear candy: I have been playing Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer” on a loop until I get too sad, and then I have to put on something like The Spinners. I’m also still jamming X’s More Fun In The New World and Parquet Courts’ Wide Awake! (Which, I discovered after buying it on vinyl, has terrific liner notes.) You can hear more of what’s catching my ear in this Spotify playlist.
     
  7. Speaking of liner notes, I enjoyed this piece on Nirvana’s Incesticide and Kurt Cobain’s fight against macho culture.
     
  8. Eye candy: I love these drawings of Kraftwerk by artist Yosuke Kawamura. If you can track down a copy of his book Exotica, it’s pretty great. (Hint: it’s out-of-print, but there are PDFs floating around...)
     
  9. Margalit Fox retires from writing obituaries.
     
  10. Steal Like An Artist t-shirts are back on sale for only a few more days
Thanks for reading! If you like this newsletter and want to support it, forward it to a friend, buy a book, or tweet me some love.

If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, you can subscribe here.

xoxo, 

Austin
steal like an artist t-shirt

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

Subscribe to this newsletter

 
Twitter
Website
Instagram
Copyright © 2018 Austin Kleon, All rights reserved.

My mailing address is:

Austin Kleon
4301 W. William Cannon Dr.
Suite B 150 #241
Austin, TX 78749

You’re getting this email because you signed up for it at austinkleon.com.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Amazon Affiliate links offset the cost of sending these missives. (And pay for diapers.)