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Airplane mode

Hey y’all,

Book tour rolls on. Lots of airplane mode. Tonight: Seattle. Next week: SacramentoCorte Madera (SF/Marin area), Boulder, and Denver. (Friends in San Francisco: I *might* do a last-minute pop-up signing at the Book Passage in the Ferry Building this weekend. I’ll announce it on my Twitter and Instagram if it’s gonna happen.)

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

  1. How disconnection boosts your creativity. (An excerpt from Keep Going.)
  2. I caught the Hilma af Klint exhibit at the Guggenheim while I was in NYC, and I couldn’t believe how much some of her paintings reminded me of W.E.B. Du Bois’s infographics. If you can’t make the show, the catalog and the book collecting her notebooks are both worth a read.
  3. Reading Robert Caro on researching his LBJ biographies made me want to get his new book, Working. (See also his interview with David Marchese.)
  4. What it’s like to grow up with more money than you’ll ever spend. (I like Disney’s idea of earning it in reverse.)
  5. How indie musicians actually make money.
  6. Why four-panel comics now dominate our screens. (Featuring Nathan Pyle’s strip, Strange Planet.) 
  7. Oliver Sacks on smartphones, from his last essay collection, Everything in its Place
  8. New books from friends of mine: Clive Thompson’s Coders (an excerpt, “The Secret History of Women in Coding” ran in the NYTimes) and Mike Monteiro’s Ruined By Design
  9. Eye candy: Famous movie scenes borrowed from paintings.
  10. Neil Gaiman on why writers need to pretend they’re in Groundhog Day.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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