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This week: thank you notes, book collecting, art shows, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. Lemony Snicket's advice for writing a thank you note. (See also: How To Graciously Say No To Anyone.)
     
  2. A slim book of Marcel Duchamp interviews, with a great dedication page. (My notes here.) I find Duchamp’s life fascinating — he worked steadily, but slowly, produced very little, played a ton of chess, and totally changed art. I recommend this biography. (Favorite bits here.)
     
  3. Michael Robbins on his book collecting habit. (Related reading: anti-libraries and the Japanese word for books that pile up on our shelves.) 
     
  4. Why a world without Barnes and Noble would be bad for book-lovers.
     
  5. A manifesto of the idle parent.
     
  6. The typography and design of Blade Runner. (I love both the movie and the book it was based on.)
     
  7. Like many, I have been totally sucked into the ESPN documentary O.J.: Made In America. It is, as the director claims, “a big American Studies paper.”
     
  8. R. Crumb’s adaptation of the book of Genesis is boring, ugly, and barbaric, and that’s why I think it’s brilliant.
     
  9. A highly entertaining interview with Jane and Michael Stern, authors of the classic series, Roadfood.
     
  10. I'm having an art show in San Francisco next Friday! Details here. I hope to write next week’s newsletter from a nice café in North Beach.
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xoxo, 

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

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