Copy
In this week’s newsletter: my writing pet peeve, book recommendations, ear and eye candy, and more...

View this email in your browser
A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon
a collage that says don't get me wrong

Hey y’all,

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

  1. All word nerds have their pet peeves. Mine is: “Don’t get me wrong.”
     
  2. I had an extremely eclectic and promiscuous week in reading: I’m somehow reading a 500-page Goethe bio, a comic about cyclopes (I think that's how you pluralize them), an essay collection about the city-state of Los Angeles, and a writing manual of several short sentences about writing.  
     
  3. Why I try to re-read Tim Kreider’s “The Referendum” every year.
     
  4. Eye candy: illustrations from a 19th century Japanese fireworks catalog, featured in The Public Domain Review’s forthcoming book, Affinities. (I’m a huge fan of the book as a medium for juxtaposing images.)
     
  5. Ear and eye candy: How Sun Ra taught us to believe in the impossible. (The brilliant Warren Craghead is listening to every Sun Ra album on Bandcamp and posting a drawing and a review. As of yesterday, he was at album forty-one.)
     
  6. Podcast: I enjoyed this conversation between Alison Gopnik and Ezra Klein about one of my favorite topics: what children can teach adults about learning and creativity. (See my diary notes.) 
     
  7. The Ransom Center here in Austin, TX has made over 10,000 movie posters available to download for free.
     
  8. Steal like Elvis Costello: “Take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy.”
     
  9. RIP composer and synth pioneer Peter Zinovieff. (Check out this appearance on the BBC.)
     
  10. Goethe’s last words: “More light!
Thanks for reading. This newsletter is free, but not cheap. You can help it keep going: forward it to someone who’d like it, read my books, shop for some of my favorite gear (I get a cut), buy a t-shirt, or hire me to speak.

If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, you can read previous issues and subscribe here.

xoxo, 

Austin

PS. Thanks again to my friends at Bookpeople for being such big supporters of my work. (They ship everywhere!)
my books at bookpeople
Austin Kleon

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

Subscribe to this newsletter

 
Twitter
Website
Instagram
Copyright © 2021 Austin Kleon, All rights reserved.

My mailing address is:

Austin Kleon
1101 W 34th St
Box #102
Austin, TX 78705

Please read this before sending me snail mail!

You’re getting this email because you signed up for it at austinkleon.com.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Amazon Affiliate links offset the cost of sending these missives.
Support your local bookstore if you have one.