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A newsletter from the desk of Austin Kleon
quiet friend I am listening for another world

Hey y’all,

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

  1. I’m monogamous in my love life, but promiscuous in my reading life: I usually have more than one book going at a time.
  2. A love story: I finally picked up Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel Normal People and... I got totally swept up in it! 
  3. “Don’t look at me, look at what I’ve found.” The work and wisdom of artist Hedda Sterne.
  4. I got really into photographer Gjon Mili and wrote two posts about his work: “Drawing with light” and “Hands in motion.”
  5. Over 150,000 botanical illustrations enter the public domain.
  6. TV: we’re late to the party and binge-watching BoJack Horseman. (Part of why I love it: I love Los Angeles.)
  7. Eye candy: How often does the best picture actually win Best Picture? I was very happy that Parasite took home the Oscar. (If you want to watch another great Korean movie, try The Handmaiden.) The Alamo Drafthouse was even showing a special black and white cut. (Two other great movies to try in B&W: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Mad Max: Fury Road.)
  8. More eye candy: the trailer for The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s new movie inspired by The New Yorker.
  9. Ear candy: How about some romantic Spotify playlists for Valentine’s Day? Check out Walter Martin’s Love Love Songs (Walter also has a nice new album out), Numero Group’s Guide to Falling in Love, Nick Cave’s favorite love songs, and my own #soulcupid mix. (Here’s a tool to convert playlists between Spotify and Apple.)
  10. For those not feeling the love today: Sometimes it takes a lot of Nos to get to a Yes.
Thanks for reading. I love all y’all!

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Austin Kleon

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

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