Ignorant, but curious
10 things worth sharing: getting through the summer, avoiding creative block, and more…
It feels like everyone is on vacation, so I was going to take it easy this week, but then my brain said, “Hey Austin, here’s a half dozen ideas for blog posts!” Here’s what I thought was worth sharing:
Some advice for creative block: “Skip the boring parts.”
Tales of marginalia, or, what happens when people write in books.
The soothing (or not-so-soothing) effects of thinking about geologic time.
The folks at GQ have been on a roll with their interviews: Esther Perel on the “tyranny of positivity,” Wes Studi on his acting career, and some jerk named Austin Kleon on making art that soothes the soul. (I want to try some origami next!)
Dreadful days in Texas: the plague is raging, the sun is hot, and one-third of ZZ Top is gone. I highly recommend the documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas on Netflix and this Spotify playlist of my favorite songs.
When things are upside down, it can be very dangerous to continue on as usual.
Okay, take care, y’all. I’m going to take the week off to listen to music and read books and make art, but I’ll still check in on Friday, like I always do...
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