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Hey y’all,

It’s the end of the tour. I’m at Prairie Lights tonight in Iowa City, and next week I’m in Vancouver at DesignThinkers

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

  1. All this traveling and talking has me itching to shut up and make some art. The closest I’ve come recently are these pansy luchadores.
  2. After seeing the Joe Brainard show at Tibor de Nagy last week, I’ve been re-reading his masterpiece, I Remember, and his collected writings. (“People of the world: RELAX!”)
  3. How to set up a bliss station anywhere
  4. Tim Kreider on why he’d rather have freedom than power. (How is he so good? Do read his wonderful book of essays, We Learn Nothing.)
  5. The darker side of “finding your people.”
  6. “To live is to pay attention, and to pay attention is to live.” (“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”)
  7. I don’t really play video games much these days, but this gaming system from Panic looks like fun.
  8. Eye candy: The second season of Fleabag is just perfect. 
  9. Ear candy: side one of Bill Callahan’s new record is streaming on Spotify. If you don’t know his work, check out this playlist I made, and read his recent interview with Pitchfork. One of my very favorite songwriters, ever.
  10. You don’t have to write about the bad stuff.
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PS. Have you gotten your copy of Keep Going yet? Bookpage says, “Anyone living any sort of creative life needs this pep talk on their bookshelf.”
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Austin Kleon

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

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