In this week’s newsletter: what to do with jealousy, the art of practicing, looking at your fish, and more...

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You've got to make an enemy of envy

Hey y’all,

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

  1. What to do with jealousy.
  2. I’m burning through Heidi Julavits’ diary, The Folded Clock. (“One of the hazards of reading it,” wrote Eula Biss, “may be its ­potential to inspire envy.” Indeed! Oh, that we could all split our time between a Manhattan apartment and a summer house in Maine and writer’s colonies in between! It’s a testament to how good her writing is that I don’t totally hate her.)
  3. Liana Finck is one of my favorite cartoonists, and her comics memoir, Passing For Human, is even weirder and darker than her cartoons. I identified with this line from a recent interview: “I think I was a real artist until I turned 11.” (See: Lynda Barry’s “Two Questions,” from What It Is.)
  4. John Hendrix can draw his butt off, and he’s been busy: he just released his new illustrated biography, The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler and he just started an MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program at Washington University. Dude’s on fire.
  5. Seeing the cosmos in the kitchen: Pancake moons and grounds galaxies.
  6. An interview with Anne Trubek, founder of Belt Publishing, out of Cleveland. (I find my wife’s home city terribly underrated and love discovering the cool stuff going on there.)
  7. I wrote about having my picture taken by one of my favorite photographers.
  8. Ear candy: Prince’s Piano & a Microphone 1983, a cassette recording of a private rehearsal in his home studio. I recommend listening while doing the dishes, and pretending he’s in the other room, killing time while he’s waiting on you to finish.
  9. TV: my wife and I are watching Killing Eve (created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star and creator of the also-excellent Fleabag) and re-watching the first two seasons of The Good Place, which is even better this time around. (The show’s podcast is worth a listen.)
  10. More on the advice: “Practice, suck less” and “Look at your fish.”
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PS. I just want to say this week felt even worse than usual in this country, and if you’re suffering, you’re not alone. There are people who love you and believe you and believe in you. Hang in there.

PPS. For the love of everything, if you live in the US, please make sure you’re registered to vote these bastards out. (And make sure the young people in your life are, too.)
Toni Morrison

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

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