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In this week’s newsletter: an appreciation of John Baldessari, how to go to the museum, and more...

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Hey y’all,

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

  1. A brief appreciation of John Baldessari. (RIP.)
     
  2. This week I read Greil Marcus’s classic, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music. (Book critic Dwight Gardner said it’s “[t]he book I wish I could read again for the first time — and the book, I’ve long felt, I most wish I had written.”) 
     
  3. Tips for a better museum visit.
     
  4. In case you missed my favorite year-end lists: here are 20 great books I read and 100 other things that made my year.
     
  5. I made a new batch of my beloved pansy luchadores. (I really want to make these into prints or a deck of cards.)
     
  6. Eye candy: the glorious handwriting in this letter from Alasdair Gray.
     
  7. Ear candy: I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’ve been writing to Daniel Lopatin’s soundtrack for Uncut Gems.
     
  8. TV: I know he’s rubbing a lot of people the wrong way these days, and I get it, but I enjoyed Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize on PBS. (Like many other people my age, I have pretty much every Chappelle’s Show skit memorized — my wife and I still quote it to each other on a weekly basis.)  
     
  9. On tour: Pop-Up Magazine is back out on the road again next month! (I’ll be in the audience at the Austin show — two of my favorite artists are in the lineup: Liana Finck and Esther Pearl Watson.)
     
  10. Circular time vs. linear time.
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xoxo, 

Austin

PS. I’m delighted by how many people have chosen to start their reading years with Keep Going. Means a ton. Thank you!
Austin Kleon

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

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