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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
  1. I had some more thoughts on genius vs. scenius.
     
  2. If I taught a course about art, copying, and appropriation, I would use this scenario as a final exam essay question.
     
  3. This story from Michael Robbins’ Paris Review interview reminded me of Lynda Barry’s ideas about “the image,” so I’ve been flipping back through her creativity guide/collage masterpiece What It Is, a book so good it makes me want to quit.
     
  4. What’s on Jeffrey Tambor’s bookshelf floor. Lots of love for public librariesthey need it in these anti-tax days — which reminds me, I need to read this book of photo essays. If you ever get to see one of his acting workshops, I highly recommend it. His new memoir is called Are You Anybody?
     
  5. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s daughter, Paris, is remembering her mom on a special Instagram account. (See my post about AKR: “pay attention to what you pay attention to.”)
     
  6. Neal Pollack talks to his son Elijah about their “hipster homeschooling” podcast, Extra Credit, a kind of sequel to his book, Alternadad.
     
  7. Eye candy: movie posters without text (found via @chappelltracker’s excellent weekly design roundup), Frans Masereel’s The City, a big bunch of maps, a Twitter of great movie stills @oneperfectshot, jazz album covers by Andy Warhol, and a poster for artists in dark times.
     
  8. More eye candy: I watched the re-release of Michael Mann’s Heat this week and loved it. Here’s an interview looking back after 20 years and a super thorough post about its making. Oh, and speaking of Michael Mann, sometimes I get the theme to Last of the Mohicans stuck in my head for days — did you know the composer got most of it from this track?
     
  9. Ear candy: I’ve been listening to a lot of Reagan-era music lately (gee, I wonder why?), like X’s More Fun In The New World and Elvis Costello’s King Of America.
     
  10. RIP Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, but if I did, they would be one. They’ve served, many times, as my “deadline” band: I play Superunknown really loud, almost as a kind of punishment, until the work is done. Here’s a nice interview on the WTF Podcast from 2014.
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xoxo,

Austin

PS. We’re in full-on graduation season (my advice for grads is here) and you can always get signed copies of all my books from Bookpeople. (They ship everywhere!) Plus, the ebook of Steal, as I write this, is still $1.99.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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