This week: how to take a nap, why stupid people don’t know how stupid they are, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. For your weekend pleasure, here’s how to take a nap.
  2. John Gall sent me designer Paul Sahre’s memoir, Two-Dimensional Man, and I enjoyed it. Some fun connections: Paul taught Tamara Shopsin, who wrote one of my favorite books of the year, Arbitrary Stupid Goal, and he also grew up in Binghampton, NY, home of the spiedie and Broome Community College, where I first gave the talk that became Steal Like An Artist. (PS. Both John and Paul have good interviews on The Great Discontent.)
  3. I love watching Heather Hardison paint signs. (More on sign painting, here.)
  4. The art of finding what you didn’t know you were looking for.
  5. Why stupid people don’t know how stupid they are. (See also: Suckcess.)
  6. I’m currently reading David Rakoff’s Half Empty, which is quite funny. If you don’t know his work, maybe check out the This American Life episode, “Our Friend David,” which contains his funny rant about the Broadway musical, Rent, which contains the great line, “Hanging out does not make you an artist.” 
  7. Time waster: I lost a full day to playing Frank Lantz’s new game, Universal Paperclips. I feel, oddly, like it should exist in the same universe as 17776 and World of Tomorrow. (Speaking of, I’m dying to see part two.)
  8. To stream: I liked The Big Sick and the HBO documentary about Steven Spielberg, but I love the collection of creepy little Val Lewton horror movies on Filmstruck.
  9. Ear candy: from classical station WXQR, here are 20 essential recordings of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. (If classical’s not your thing, try this 104-hour-long Twine Time playlist on Spotify.)
  10. How to raise a surrealist.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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