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December 3, 2014

I had a nice chat with Jeff O’Neal on Reading Lives, a “podcast with interesting people who love books.”


We talk about the endurance of physical book browsing,the difficulty of coming back to comics as an adult,being who you are at a young age, and much more.



http://traffic.libsyn.com/readinglives/RLIves1120Austin20Kleon20Version2.mp3

Listen here. [50 minutes,MP3]




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Published on December 03, 2014 18:02 • 15 views

December 1, 2014

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If you order any of my books fromBookpeoplehere in Austin, Texasbefore midnight December 11thI’ll sign and personalize them!They’ll even wrap and ship the books anywhere you want.Awesome, easy holiday gift.


Buy your books here.




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Published on December 01, 2014 13:28 • 11 views

looking in the rearview mirror



Last year, I wrote a piece about the importance of not spending all of December in retrospection.(One of Ed Ruscha’s friends once said to him, “I don’t want no retro spective.”) We still have 30 days or so left in the year. Make them count. Keep going!




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Published on December 01, 2014 10:18 • 33 views


The folks at Confab just posted video of my chalktalk based on Show Your Work! It’s my last talk of the year, the culmination of all the speaking I’ve done for the past eight months or so. It’s about 50 minutes long, there’s a drawing lesson at 8:14, and the real meat of the talk begins around 13:44. Enjoy!


Watch the video




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Published on December 01, 2014 10:13 • 7 views

November 30, 2014

how to support an artist you love


Yesterday I was browsing the Instagram account of one of my favorite artists, and I was struck by how entitleda few of the comments from fans were. I was inspired to write down the guidelines above, not as an artist myself, but as a fan. A few notes:


1) “Give them money”is pretty self explanatory. The Renaissance had to be funded.


2) Credit is always due.


3) Send words of praise and encouragement, sure, but don’t feel that by supporting them you are automatically owed a response, or a personal r...

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Published on November 30, 2014 07:46 • 32 views

most questions


Every time I holdoffice hoursI am reminded that whatmost of us need is both a kick in the pantsand agentlenudge of encouragement.


the delusion




no control over what people think


yourswhenyouremakingit


what you love what loves you back


consumer-create-share




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Published on November 30, 2014 07:27 • 29 views

November 17, 2014

Holy moly Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered made it to the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. Thanks, y'all! This will be the LAST TIME I bug you, I promise: please vote for it here!
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Published on November 17, 2014 17:13 • 27 views

November 11, 2014

Hey y'all! Thanks to you Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered has made it to the Goodreads semi-finals. So now I need to bother you SOME MORE and ask you to please vote for it again!
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Published on November 11, 2014 13:07 • 14 views

November 7, 2014

Hey y'all! Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book! Please vote for it here. Thanks!
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Published on November 07, 2014 13:04 • 18 views

October 30, 2014

a blackout of Shenk's article about Lennon and McCartney


Last weekend at the Texas Book Festival I had the pleasure of interviewing Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of one of my favorite books of the year, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. I had a hunch that we’d have a lot to talk about, so I recorded our discussion and edited it down (liberally) to the post below. Enjoy.


AK: Let’s start out with The Lone Genius Myth.


JWS: I argue in the book that the lone genius is a mythical creature. Which is not to say that we don’...

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Published on October 30, 2014 14:59 • 26 views