This week: interviews with “aged” artists, how Disney recycled animations, and more... 

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Hey y'all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. I got to hang out with one of my heroes, Edward Tufte. (That aphorism of his above is a riff on an old saying.)
  2. Back in the hand-drawn days, Disney recycled a lot of animations.
  3. My notes and marginalia on Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. (It would make a great “short books about motherhood” trilogy with Sarah Ruhl's 100 Essays I Don't Have Time To Write and Jenny Offill's Dept. Of Speculation.)
  4. Female artists now in their 70s, 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago. (I was particularly taken with the (somewhat NSFW?) paintings of Judith Bernstein.)
  5. An interview with writer Vivian Gormick. (I like her take on walking.)
  6. A short interview with cartoonist Jules Feiffer. (Here he is on reading and drawing and learning to take a punch.)
  7. Popular Mechanics interviewed Eddie Van Halen about how he hacks his equipment. (You could say he's â€œa tinkering kind of guy.”)
  8. Marc Maron interviews Terry Gross. (Here's how Terry prepares for an interview.)
  9. RIP Mad Men. Here’s Jon Hamm (aka Don Draper) and Emily Nussbaum on the ending, and the real history of the Coke ad. RIP Late Night With David Letterman. Here's the last episode, his coffee cupsmy favorite musical performance, Dave asking drummers if those are their drums, and one of my favorite bits, which I remember watching as a 13-year-old: Dave working the Taco Bell drive-thru.
  10. Bootsy Collins and Miles Davis on the importance of getting up on the one.
New York friends! I'll be signing books at BEA (in the Workman booth, around 3PM) and giving a short talk at Bookcon (at 4PM) next weekend. 


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

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