This week: how to answer the phone, six seasons, radical zines, Prince, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. The best thing I read this week was cartoonist Eleanor Davis’ You & a Bike & a Road, a beautiful chronicle of a bike ride from her parents’ house in Tuscon to her home in Georgia. I remember watching it unfold live on Twitter, but it’s so wonderful in book form. Do read it, then check out her other books: How To Be Happy and Why Art?
  2. Kurt Vonnegut on the six seasons.
  3. When my first son was born, all my brain could handle was reading collections of Nancy comics. The years keep being kind to Nancy: last year we got How To Read Nancy, and now, for the first time in 85 years, Nancy is being drawn by a woman. (Read the new strips here.)
  4. Letter to an aspiring intellectual. (Many of these tips could cover the life of writers and artists.)
  5. An online collection of radical zines. (You know I love zines.)
  6. I’m reading Duane Tudahl’s Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions, and it’s probably not for everyone, but for a recording geek like me, it’s irresistible. (I really can’t get enough stories about musicians in the studio.) It’s taking me back to my young days, reading Beatlesongs and The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions. (PS. The B-sides on the deluxe edition of Purple Rain are so incredible. And watch the newly-released video for “Nothing Compares 2 U”!)
  7. Love this line from a profile of David Hockney: “He says when he stands at the easel and paints he feels 30 years old.” (See also Lawrence Wechler on Hockney’s “Improbable Inspirations.” His books on Hockney and Robert Irwin are great.)
  8. The pain of coming up with titles.
  9. I enjoyed Frank Chimero’s nerdy rundown of his system for listening to music. (I do something similar on Spotify.)
  10. Life hacks (ha!): How to answer the phone and walking on the phone.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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