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Thoreau’s laundry

Hey y’all,

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

  1. I wrote about Thoreau’s laundry.
  2. Ten tips for cultivating creativity. (An excerpt from Mitch Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten. Love his idea of The Creative Learning Spiral.)
  3. When school turns into a job it becomes the thief of playtime.
  4. A guide to spending less time on your phone. (Check out more in Ryan’s new book, Stillness is the Key.)
  5. This profile of Linda Hamilton does not disappoint.
  6. Robyn on Song Exploder
  7. Car Talk’s long goodbye. (I started a file of mechanics who hate cars.)
  8. An organ made of paper and a piano that paints. (Meanwhile, a piano preservationist has to find a new home.)
  9. My kids have been watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and playing the soundtrack, which was recently reissued on vinyl by Craft Recordings. Vince Guaraldi had a really good band for that special — fantastic flute playing by Ronald Lang. (Let “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” be your fall soundtrack.)
  10. What it was like working with Prince on his memoir. (The book, The Beautiful Ones, comes out in October.)
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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