In this week’s newsletter: books with unusual but brilliant structures, new zines, eye and ear candy, and more...

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A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon
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Hey y’all,

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

  1. It feels good to have something to do.
  2. I’m only halfway through Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa, but I can’t remember being more inspired by an artist’s biography. (Still time to get stamps!)
  3. I asked the internets for books with unusual but brilliant structures and hundreds of people responded. (I just started reading Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative.)
  4. I made a few new zines: “Studies Have Shown” and “The Old Man’s Approach.”
  5. Sara Hendren’s What Can A Body Do? is out this week. She got so many good blurbs mine didn’t even make the cover! Here’s a cool thread she posted about the book. (Her website is rad, too.)
  6. The free verse of Winston Churchill.
  7. Podcast: Zadie Smith on Call Your Girlfriend.
  8. Ear candy: I continue to enjoy the #Perfect31 challenge on Instagram. This week I was reacquainted with Sly Stone’s Fresh and introduced to Stereolab’s Dots and Loops, which has become my new writing music. I’ve been digging a little bit more in my collection, trying not to post albums that have already been posted. This week: Loretta Lynn, The White Stripes, Gary Numan, Cate le Bon, and more, here: @austinkleon.
  9. Eye candy: it feels like a million years since I visited John T. Unger’s studio and saw his stunning anatomical mosaics in person. He just made a book to show them off. Here’s the trailer.
  10. I’m headed to Bookpeople for another pandemic book signing on Sept. 1, so if you’d like a signed and personalized copy of one of my books, get your order in now to minimize the ship time. They ship everywhere! (Might I suggest Keep Going for a boost in these times?)
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Austin Kleon

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

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