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In this week’s newsletter: kindness as a verb, tour dates, and more...

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A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon

Hey y’all,

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

  1. You’ve got to be kind.
     
  2. I’ve posted the first stops on the 25-city Keep Going tour starting in April. First up is Austin, with a special screening of Groundhog Day at the Alamo Drafthouse. (!!!) Then Philly and NYC. Many more to come. (Have you preordered for your free poster?) 
     
  3. More fun tour news: Heather Havrilesky agreed to join me onstage in Pasadena. I just re-read “The Miracle of the Mundane” and it sent me back through What If This Were Enough? Holy moly, the essay “A Scourge of Gurus” is fire. (My own thoughts, here.) Her latest Ask Polly about how time moves is very much worth reading, as is How to Be a Person in the World.
     
  4. I started reading Andrew Sean Greer’s novel Less and it’s very funny so far.
     
  5. Always obsessed with maps, I posted about maps of teaching and maps of scenius and maps of Joan Miró.
     
  6. Diagram-saturated math books from the 1950s.
     
  7. Ear candy: I’ve been walking around to this Numero Group Spotify playlist, “Escape from Synth City.” I liked this piece about teens who listen to mall wave, and I can’t wait to hear this Kate Bush rarities set.
     
  8. Eye candy: I saw Peter Bogdanovich’s The Great Buster on a plane ride, and it made me, more than ever, want to watch absolutely everything Buster Keaton did. (I love The General.) My wife and I watched his short One Week for the first time and we loved it. Since the films are silent, I like to mute the TV and play modern music to go along with them. (Inspired by my buddy, who told me he had a student who would watch Keaton movies while playing trap music.)
     
  9. Worth streaming: my wife and I binged Sex Education, which is smutty and surprisingly sweet. (Speaking of: season 4 of Catastrophe dropped last night.)
     
  10. RIP drummer Hal Blaine. Might be time to re-watch The Wrecking Crew.
Thanks for reading. If you like this newsletter and want to support it, forward it to someone who’d like it or, even better, pre-order my new book.

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xoxo, 

Austin

PS. People are already getting their free posters and there’s still time to get yours! Here’s John T. Unger’s:
free Keep Going poster
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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