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This week: notebook inspiration, books I’m reading, ear and eye candy, and more...

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notebook vs. washing machine

Hey y’all,

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

  1. Accidental art: my pocket notebook went through the washing machine.
     
  2. Notebook inspiration: An artist goes through his grandfather’s memory books, photographer Bill Cunningham’s unseen scrapbooks, and a disgruntled federal employee’s 1980s desk calendar.
     
  3. A reminder at the end of a gross week: Beautiful things grow out of shit.
     
  4. After reading Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, I started one of its influences: George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London.
     
  5. I took four plane flights this week and forgot the Orwell, but luckily I took along John Berger’s last published book, Confabulations. It’s a lovely, slim volume. Some of the essays can be sampled online, like “Impertinence” and “History is a meeting place.” (If you don’t know Berger’s work, check out his classic, Ways of Seeing.)
     
  6. A warning to my readers.
     
  7. Ear candy: harpist Mary Lattimore. (I love her new album, Hundreds of Days.)
     
  8. Eye candy: New episodes of Grand Designs are up on Netflix. (For those of you in the UK, you have tons.) Two houses I loved that made me want to move back to Ohio and build in the country: this converted cowshed and this playful house.
     
  9. A portrait of the artist as a young father.
     
  10. RIP Koko the gorilla. (Here she is meeting Fred Rogers.)
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xoxo, 

Austin

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

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