This week: how to be more productive next year, my holiday gift guide, and more...

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get yourself a calendar
Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. Want to be more productive in 2017? Be like Jerry Seinfeld and get yourself a calendar!
  2. David Rees breaks down how much money he’s made over 15 years of freelancing. (You can watch a ton of other talks by independent creative folks on the XOXO Fest YouTube channel.)
  3. My 2016 holiday gift guide. A bunch of books, movies, and music released this year that I think would make good gifts. (Previous years, here.)
  4. If you’re looking for a pleasant winter read, perhaps something to read aloud to your little loved ones, I enjoyed Tove Jansson’s Moominland Midwinter. Her wonderful illustrations made me want to re-read the complete Moomin comics, which I adore.
  5. Robert Rauschenberg and the subversive language of junk. By Olivia Laing, who wrote one of my favorite books this year.
  6. This week one of my twitter friends tweeted out an idea for a book title, and my other twitter friend mocked up a book cover, and suddenly, it was like the book really needed to exist. I was reminded of how Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices used to make fake album art for bands that didn't exist and punk artist Winston Smith made flyers for fake bands and fake clubs that eventually got him gigs with real bands. (Like I say in Steal, “Fake it 'til you make it.”)
  7. Against apathy: a letter from Vaclav Havel to his wife, Olga, written from prison. I've seen a few people recommend his The Power of the Powerless recently. Here’s his obit.
  8. Eye candy: I rewatched Chinatown on my projector at home and it was even bettter than I remembered. (Steven Soderbergh agrees.) This particular clip seemed more relevant than ever. Here’s a sweet 2001/Chinatown collage.
  9. Ear candy: my listening this week has consisted of soul Christmas playlists on Spotify and YouTube searches for “Ohio Players” or the 70s German music show “MusikLaden.”
  10. If you purchase any of my books from Bookpeople here in Austin, TX before December 7, I'll sign and personalize them. They ship everywhere!
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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