Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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- Might as well start with the big news: I’m writing another book! It’s based on my “How To Keep Going” talk, and it’s going to the 3rd book in a trilogy, along with Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! The book is about creative longevity, persistence, and making art in chaotic times. It’s basically the book I needed to read a few years ago. I’m so happy with how it’s turning out and I wish y’all could read it right now. Thankfully, I’m working with my friends at Workman Publishing again, and we work fast and furious together, so it’ll be out in Spring 2019. (That’s pretty danged quick in publishing time.) A new book has been a long time coming, so I want to thank all of you for hanging in with me, supporting me, and sharing my work. It makes all the difference.
- I wrote about answering that dreaded question, “So what’s next for you?” (I recommend replacing it with another question: “What do you want to learn?”)
- As I mentioned in my newsletter about writing, I need a fun book at night to take my mind off of my own so I can sleep. Last week I finished Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me In The Bathroom, a chronicle of rock music in NYC from 2001-2011. It was good, though probably a little too long, and made me terribly nostalgic for my college days. (The Strokes’ Is This It came out my freshman year.) Now I’m attempting to finally read the comic series Love & Rockets. I finished Jaime Hernandez’s Maggie The Mechanic, now I’m reading The Girl From H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
- A profile of the great Maira Kalman.
- My friend Jez Burrows (author of Dictionary Stories) talks to Tom Comitta about the art of cut-up fiction.
- My boys are huge fans of Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy, and now they’re loving Square, the sequel to Triangle. (Here’s Jon and Mac Barnett talking on NPR.) The books always remind me of Bruno Munari’s Square, Circle, Triangle. (Owen and I used some of Munari’s transparencies this week to make a zine.)
- The newly-updated Studs Terkel Radio Archive features 1,500 conversations spanning four decades. I wrote about how his classic book, Working, was inspired by the children’s book What Do People Do All Day?
- Music writer Geeta Dayal’s obituary for Glenn Branca and appreciation of Brian Eno, who just turned 70. (For Eno fans, I recommend her 33 1/3 book on Another Green World.)
- The celebrities I admire are the ones who choose to disappear.
- Ebook lovers: my book Show Your Work! is currently only $1.99 on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes.
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PS. If your heart needs a boost, here’s a miniature bouquet from my wife’s garden, and a song by my 5-year-old. Hang in there!