This week: the intelligence in your fingers, meditation, erasure poetry, soul music, and more...

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intelligence in your fingers
Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. I think we tend to overestimate the intelligence in our heads and underestimate the intelligence in our fingers.
  2. I devoured an advance copy of Tim Kreider’s new essay collection, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You. (For a preview, read: “A Man and His Cat.”) His previous collection, We Learn Nothing, was at the top of my favorite books I read in 2012.
  3. I had an interesting conversation with Bill Deresiewicz last week about the new book he’s writing. (Check out his essays, “The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur” and “Generation Sell” for an idea of what it might be like.) In prep for our phone call, I read his book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, which I liked quite a bit.
  4. Jeff Tidwell on meditation and one of my favorite books, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. (I quote it in the “Be An Amateur” section of Show Your Work!)
  5. The Trump-Era Boom in Erasure Poetry. No mention of my blackouts, aging rock stars’ embracing the form, or the already huge amount of blackout poetry online, but I’m grateful anyways, as I had never heard of Doris Cross and her dictionary columns
  6. Some sweet soul music: the transgender soul pioneer Jackie Shane (I adore this live performance of “Any Other Way”), William Bell’s Tiny Desk Concert, and an epic Al Green performance of “Here I Am” on Soul Train in 1974.
  7. Eye candy: a teaser trailer for episode two of World Of Tomorrow. (The first episode is streaming on Netflix, and it is so, so good. Take 16 minutes and watch it.) Here’s an interview with creator Don Hertzfeldt.
  8. How to fold the Blade Runner unicorn. (I saw Blade Runner 2049 this week and really liked it. If you haven’t seen the original, watch The Final Cut.)
  9. Streaming on Netflix: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.
  10. I’m 27 out of 31 days through my October daily blogging project. Read all my posts here. (Favorites this week: creative mornings and how to read collected works.)
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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