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Hey y’all,

Happy New Year! Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. Time for my favorite annual list: 100 things that made my year.
  2. In case you missed it last week, here are 20 great books I read in 2019. (On that list is Elisa Gabbert, who also does a great year-end reading list.)
  3. The first book I finished in 2020: David Carr’s memoir, The Night of the Gun. (So much of the book is about parenting his girls, I might read his daughter Erin’s memoir about losing him next.)
  4. How to read more in 2020. (I’m getting all kinds of good reading suggestions from Bowie’s Books: The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie's Life.)
  5. A challenge: Make an 8-page zine about your decade.
  6. Tons of works from 1924 are now in the public domain.
  7. “Remember when Jurassic Park, The Lion King, and Forrest Gump came out in theaters? Closer to the moon landing than today.” Read it and weep: It’s 2020 and you’re in the future
  8. Eye candy: The work of ESPO. (If you’re in San Francisco, I think his show at SFMOMA is up for a few more days.)
  9. It’s that sad post-holiday (and flu) season when the obituaries start piling up. RIP Vaughn Oliver, who designed so many of my favorite album covers. RIP Lee Mendelson, who produced A Charlie Brown Christmas. I saw reports that Norma Tanega died, but I can’t find an obituary for her anywhere. May her obit writer show some restraint. (“She’s Dead, and Out of this World!”) RIP publishing legend Sonny Mehta, who said, “I want to be remembered not as an editor or publisher but as a reader.” (Same, actually.)
  10. The year has just begun, but some seeds have already sprouted.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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