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In this week’s newsletter: how I write, what I’m reading, diary comics about a hawk, and more...

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Hey y’all,

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

  1. One method of writing that works for me.
     
  2. I finished reading E.H. Gombrich’s A Little History of the World, a book that made me want to just read old history books for the rest of the year. (I also read John Porcellino’s King-Cat #79.)
     
  3. I bought a wonderful batch of art books: Ronald Searle’s America, a gigantic, gorgeous collection of his travel drawings; Moon: An Illustrated History; E.H. Gombrich’s The Story of Art; and Nathaniel Russell’s Fliers, a tear-out collection of 20 of his excellent fake fliers. (The dust jacket even folds out into a poster of a blank telephone pole. Really fun.)
     
  4. I drew some diary comics about a hawk that hung out in our yard for almost nine hours. (Speaking of diaries: check out Ian McKellan’s 20-year-old diary from the set of The Lord of the Rings.)
     
  5. Amos Kennedy, Jr. is raising funds to restore a “pile of bricks” for his printmaking studio in Detroit, and the video is hilarious. (More work on his Instagram.)
     
  6. Parents: Some friends got us issues of OKIDO for Christmas, and my kids are really into them. (They’re also into Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs, a book by the great Mike Lowery.)
     
  7. Music: I’m a new fan of Sturgill Simpson — I especially like Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. (My new theme song: “Think I’m gonna just say home and make art, not friends!”)
     
  8. TV: My wife and I binged the second season of Sex Education, a show that’s smutty and sweet. (I’ve been noticing lately how many of my favorite shows fit that description: Fleabag, Mrs. Maisel, etc.)
     
  9. RIP Terry Jones of Monty Python.
     
  10. Reminder: Look up!
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xoxo,

Austin

PS. Check out this pile of books I wrote that I can’t read!
Austin Kleon

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

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