This week: diaries, a new way to interact with songs, saving wet books, working hard, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. 88 women who draw look up at the sky at the same time all around the world and draw what they see.
  2. Song Exploder teams up with Google for a new way to interact with songs. Love this.
  3. When I was in Guatemala last week (photos on my Instagram), I found a used hardcover copy of Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of A Diary for $4. (It was in this gigantic market called Nim Po’T with a bunch of junky Daniel Steele paperbacks. So weird.) I didn’t like it quite as much as I liked 300 Arguments, but I liked it enough to finish it in one sitting, with lots of underlines. 
  4. Cartoonist Liana Finck on drawing from one’s own life.
  5. Some sane thoughts in this short interview with designer Frank Chimero.
  6. How do you save a wet book? Put it in the freezer.
  7. Ear candy: I must’ve listened to LCD Soundsystem’s new one, American Dream, at least a half dozen times already. Really good.
  8. On Netflix: I really enjoyed the first season of Halt and Catch Fire, a show set in the early days of home computers. It made me want to re-read Ellen Ullman’s great memoir, Close To The Machine
  9. RIP Holger Czukay, co-founder of the Krautrock band Can. (I played their song “Moonshake” in my DJ set for KUTX earlier this year, after drummer Jaki Liebezeit died.) If you’ve never heard of them, I highly recommend this BBC documentary, Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany.
  10. RIP poet John Ashbery. The PennSound archive has so many recordings of him reading poetry that “it’s possible to listen to [them] for the waking hours of a week without repeating a recording.”
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PS. Thanks to Gauravonomics for this post on “How to Learn Your Craft and Create Your Work in Public,” and shout-out to 13-year-old cartoonist Ethan Castillo, who keeps a couple of quotes by me on his drawing desk! His attitude inspires me.
work hard!
Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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