This week: Why creativity is not linear, my love for zines, play, ear & eye candy, and more...

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the creative learning spiral
Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. The creative learning spiral.
  2. I finished Tove Jansson’s Fair Play. (As you probably know, she’s one of my favorite writers who draw. I highly recommend The Summer Book and her Moomin novels and comics.)
  3. The tools matter and the tools don’t matter.
  4. A few weeks ago I shared “How Facebook is Killing Comedy.” This week: Why Facebook is a waste of time for arts nonprofits. (Steve Lambert is a very interesting dude.) I don’t begrudge you if you’re a Facebook fan, but I want to thank you for reading my blog and subscribing to this home-cooked newsletter. I like having a direct connection with you unfiltered by any algorithm. 
  5. Why I like to think of my books as fancy zines.
  6. Eye candy: Vincent Bal’s Shadowology, Tomi Ungerer’s Schnipp, Schnapp collages, and Francois Robert’s Faces.
  7. Ear candy: the terrific piano trio on This Here Is Bobby Timmons. (Thanks, Brian!)
  8. To stream: I really enjoyed Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, aka “Ocean’s 7-11.” (I was sorta waiting for Toots & The Maytals’ cover of “Country Roads” to play over the credits.) Soderbergh’s great Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen are all streaming on Netflix. (Speaking of Netflix: I got weepy like everybody else watching the reboot of Queer Eye.)
  9. RIP comedian Barry Crimmins. I’ve heard good things about Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary about him, Call Me Lucky. (Again, streaming on Netflix.)
  10. Working hard at play.
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PS. I’m headed to San Francisco next week to give a brand-new talk at Bond. Have a good feeling about this one. 10% off tickets here

PPS. Can’t believe it’s March already. The year’s 16% completed! (You could still get a calendar, you know...)
Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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