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input and output

Hey y’all,

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

  1. I’m on vacation, thinking a lot about how you have to take time to recharge and find something new to say. (As Joe Strummer put it: “No input, no output.”)
  2. I re-read Charles Portis’s True Grit, and man, that novel is even better than I remembered. The perfect summer read. After I finished, I started re-reading The Dog of the South, my favorite of his, and after I devour that, I might finally read Escape Velocity, a collection of his odds and ends.
  3. I came across some old notes to myself about how I wanted to proceed. They mostly hold up.
  4. Another great case for going back to blogging. (I especially loved the part about gardening. See my post: “The gardens where ideas grow.”) 
  5. A good poem for battling the onslaught of social media: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself, 4.”
  6. Stay calm and do the washing up.
  7. Streaming: my wife and I loved season four of our favorite soap opera, Billions. Trashy, smart, and fun, just how I like my TV.
  8. Eye candy: I saw Jim Jarmusch’s zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die. It’s nowhere near as good as his vampire movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, or my favorite of his, Down By Law. Still, there was a lot to enjoy, especially all the Ghoulardi references.  
  9. Ear candy: Bill Callahan’s new record is on endless repeat at our house. Just a wonderful album that I cannot recommend enough. I’ve also been getting into Flying Lotus, especially the album You’re Dead! Here’s a nice little interview with his musician grandmother. (He’s the great nephew of Alice Coltrane!)
  10. You are fine without advice or suggestions.
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PS. I just signed a bunch of my books at Bookpeople in Austin, TX, including the new one, Keep Going. You can order signed copies online at They ship everywhere!
Austin Kleon

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

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