In this week’s newsletter: how the falling leaves teach us to die, good books, and more...

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Hey y’all,

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

  1. I’m still blogging every day, but not every post — like a zine about our trip to Cleveland, or a page from my middle school notebook, or doodles from a museum visit — seems worth a highlight in this newsletter. There’s a lot to digest, so anytime you feel like it, you can just pop over to and scroll, and you’ll see stuff I never bother to mention here.
  2. I’m currently reading Jason Lutes’ mammoth, 20 years in the making comic about the fall of the Weimar Republic, Berlin, and Edward Carey’s new novel, Little, about Madame Tussaud and the French Revolution(I wrote a bit about his terrific art show up at the Austin Public Library.)
  3. October, my favorite month, is winding down, and the leaves are falling. Thoreau thought they could teach us how to die.
  4. While on the subject of death: I re-read my friend Wendy MacNaughton’s How To Say Goodbye, a small editionself-published book of drawings and thoughts from being the artist-in-residence at the Zen Hospice Project. (If you’re in NYC, she’ll be at the NYPL on Tuesday.)
  5. Anders Nilsen’s Grand Canyon sketchbook. (He, too, has put out great books about death: Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow and The End.)
  6. Will cartoonist Julie Doucet finally get her due? (Doucet’s comics are extremely NSFW, btw.) Can’t wait to get my hands on Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet
  7. How constraints lead to creativity: Making music for Super Nintendo games.
  8. The library of Congress lets you stream hundreds of free films.
  9. Just because you’re grouchy doesn’t mean you can’t also be kind.
  10. RIP poet Tony Hoagland. RIP Todd Bol, creator of the Little Free Library. RIP Motown guitarist Wah Wah Watson.
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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