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Hey y’all,

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

  1. Doing the work that’s in front of you.
  2. I finally picked up my copy of Ivan Illich’s Tools for Conviviality so I could participate in the book discussion going on at The Convivial Society. (I read his book Deschooling Society years ago and it made a big impact.)
  3. I made another batch of collage houses for Meg. (I’ve been taking inspiration from our morning walks and A Field Guide to American Houses.)
  4. Anthony Bourdain has been gone for two years now. He was a model of curiosity, and I’m find old episodes of Parts Unknown very comforting right now. I read the slim volume, Anthony Bourdain: The Last Interview, which might be worth picking up just for Helen Rosner’s introduction.
  5. Poems: Su Tung-Po had being a father nailed a thousand years ago, Emily Dickinson on the man she fears, and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sonnet about our modern predicament... written in 1939.
  6. Ear candy: I’ve had Miles Davis’s Live at the Plugged Nickel on repeat. (Here’s a history of the album.) 
  7. Eye candy: the collages of Deborah Roberts, online exhibits of collage-based animation and film, and Al Jaffee’s last fold-in for Mad.
  8. Podcast: The Great Women Artists.
  9. Documentary: PBS is streaming Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, Matt Wolf’s film about the activist who recorded the news for 30 years. (Wolf made another movie about a loner who left behind a huge archive of tapes: Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell.)
  10. Against the “one-long-slow-idea” book.
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PS. Thanks to @peteandpen for this illustration of Keep Going. (Sorry the book gets more and more relevant by the day, but then again, that’s why I wrote it.)
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Austin Kleon

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

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