In this week’s newsletter: the importance of showing up, reading recommendations, ear and eye candy, and more...
A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon
this portion is non-negotiable

Hey y’all,

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

  1. It’s not easy to sit down every day with next-to-nothing and try to make something appear. But this portion of our day is non-negotiable. You start out not knowing and go from there. (Remember: It doesn't have to be good, it just has to exist.)
  2. This week I just wanted some nighttime reading that was quick and easy and good, so I read Kevin Wilson’s novel Nothing To See Here. (Thanks again to Wendy for the recommendation! Speaking of, her blockbuster cookbook with Samin Nosrat, Salt Fat Acid Heat, would make an excellent holiday gift, as would these prints and post cards.) 
  3. I also read an advance copy of Annie Atkins’ book, Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking. Very cool read for graphic design and film nerds, but also archivists and people interested in researching the past(Check out her Instagram.)
  4. The best thing I read this week: “Lovers in Auschwitz, Reunited 72 Years Later.”
  5. The best epigraphs of 2019. (I love that I casually tweeted this idea out 3 years ago, and Ashley’s been rising to the challenge ever since. Here’s 2017 and 2018.)
  6. In the frenzy of awards season and year-end lists celebrating the contemporary, here’s a reminder to read old books and steal old stuff, too.
  7. This week’s mailbag: “Have you thought about writing a book for parents?” (If you’re shopping for little ones, here are my favorite art supplies for drawing with kids.)
  8. Ear candy: I loved Prince: The Story of 1999, a podcast miniseries put out to advertise the new 1999 super deluxe box set. (I’ve also been playing Cate le Bon’s Reward every morning while writing and drawing.)
  9. Eye candy: I enjoyed the fruits of all that Amazon money they spent on the 3rd season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. (Also: I want to watch every single one of my friend Lance’s movie recommendations for Christmas Day.)
  10. RIP Carroll Spinney, the man inside Big Bird. Here’s a cool Twitter thread about the origins of his characters on Sesame Street. (I need to watch the documentary about him, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.)
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PS. If you need stocking stuffers, you can get Keep Going right now for $7.50 online and it — along with my other square books! — will literally fit in a stocking:
Keep Going is a great stocking stuffer
Austin Kleon

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

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