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He creates from the junk heap

Hey y’all,

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

  1. The garden in your mind.
  2. Books: I gobbled up Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State. (I’m building up the stamina to read his buddy Steve “Start Before You Think You’re Ready” Harrigan’s 900+ page history, Big Wonderful Thing.)
  3. Your output depends on your input.
  4. The best song ever written about artistic success. (Unwittingly, I wrote two other posts this week about songs I love: Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” and The Who’s “A Quick One.”)
  5. Fifteen ways to survive the coming collapse of civilization is a much lighter read than the title suggests. (I haven’t read the book.)
  6. Gary Larson’s The Far Side has a new website which includes a look at his sketchbooks. (I wore my Midvale School for the Gifted t-shirt to school every week until it disintegrated.)
  7. Education is not a race, it’s an amble.
  8. Best-selling children’s author Mo Willems on sparking creativity and joy. (I’ve read The Pigeon Books many, many times. Willems is making paintings based on Beethoven’s symphonies — here’s a wonderful Twitter thread about the composer’s work.)
  9. Art critic Peter Schjeldahl reflects on the art of dying.
  10. RIP actor Danny Aiello. He’s probably best known for his role in Do The Right Thing, but he was also in one of my all-time favorites, Moonstruck. (My friend Lance hasn’t picked it yet for one of his movies to watch on Christmas Day, but I think it would make an excellent addition.)
Happy holidays, y’all. Thanks for reading. You’ll hear from me just one more time before this year is over: Next week I’ll post my annual favorite books of the year list, and in the New Year, my annual top 100

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Austin Kleon

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

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