In this week’s newsletter: 20 great books I read in 2020, my year in notebooks, and more...

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my 2020 in books

Hey y’all,

Season’s greetings! I made a list, checked it twice. Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. 20 great books I read in 2020.
  2. My year in notebooks.
  3. The magic of Lynda Barry’s What It Is.
  4. Director Steven Soderbergh on making collages.
  5. My early Christmas present: a peek at the Great Conjunction.
  6. This unreleased footage of The Beatles made me think of what Kurt Vonnegut said about a plausible mission for artists.
  7. Listening: James Baldwin’s record collection, 5 minutes to make you love classical music, Aphex Twin on classical guitar, Thor and his neighbor Antonio, a playlist of 2020 picks from the former staff of Other Music, and Bach on a xylophone in the woods.
  8. Watching: Great movies for Christmas Day. (Bonus reading: Olivia Laing on Some Like It Hot.) Loved the Ghosts Christmas special. Things I’m looking forward to: Coming 2 America, and, oh please, pretty please, a new season of Detectorists.
  9. Steal like a comedian.
  10. Make a gumbo in your head.
This is the last newsletter of 2020! Next Friday it’ll be 2021. Can you believe it? Time to work on my annual top 100 list.

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

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