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Hey y’all,

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

  1. It’s rare, but sometimes I make something that perfectly captures how I’m feeling about everything.
  2. I tore through Walker Percy’s Lost In The Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. My favorite part was his theory of “problems of reentry.” (Related reading: “5 thoughts on self-help.”)
  3. After that, I gobbled up the second half of John McPhee’s The Patch — “An Album Quilt,” made up of uncollected pieces he’s written over his career. 
  4. Mister Rogers (and others) on why you should love what you do in front of the kids in your life.
  5. Jessica Abel, author of Growing Gills, asks the question many of us have asked: “If creativity is so freeing, why do I feel like I’m trapped?” 
  6. This interview with director Steven Soderbergh is so good and wide-ranging I think it’ll be of interest whether you’re in the film business or not. (Best line: “I can’t make something that I wouldn’t stand in line to go see.”)
  7. A short reminder that the best a writer has to offer you is in their work.
  8. Advice from Dolly Parton: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” (Speaking of: as a recent convert, I will attest: “It’s Just a Matter of Time Till Everybody Loves Lizzo.”)
  9. Ear candy: I’ve been taking gloomy afternoon strolls to Frank Ocean’s Blonde and J Dilla’s Donuts. (As my friend Frank put it, “Listening to Donuts while doing anything makes you feel like a badass.”) For deep cuts, check out this Spotify playlist of J Dilla samples.
  10. The religion of walking.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Hang in there and remember: Don’t argue with strangers on the internet and don’t give in to, “Why wasn’t I consulted?” 

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

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