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Keep going

Hey y’all,

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

  1. There’s no time for despair. We each must be the light or reflect it.
     
  2. I devoured Philip Glass’s memoir, Words Without Music. I’m surprised it took me so long to finally read it: Glass writes about so many of the topics I’ve written about: creativity, day jobs, parenting, etc. Glass talks a lot about “lineage,” a.k.a. climbing your own family tree.
     
  3. A janitor wins a literature prize at the university she cleans.
     
  4. Why you should take your kid to work.
     
  5. I finished Heidi Julavits’ The Folded Clockwhich I read on my phone late at night when I was in between other books or I couldn’t sleep. Very good.
     
  6. I also finished reading all five of Luke Pearson’s Hilda books. Great drawing, great stories. (Now I can watch the Netflix series!)
     
  7. In praise of mediocrity.
     
  8. John Waters’ new art show looks to be the opposite of mediocre. Love what he says about the way art changes the way you see.
     
  9. Should we lie to dementia patients? (Meanwhile: The world’s oldest barber is 107 and still working full-time.)
     
  10. RIP animator Will Vinton. I remember watching his Claymation Christmas Celebration over and over on VHS as a kid.
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xoxo, 

Austin

PS. The advance copies of Keep Going arrived! I really think you’re going to like this one. Hard to wait for April...
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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