In Which I Go Gaga over Steal Like An Artist

Austin Kleon’s new book, Steal Like An Artist, is out now. Do yourself a favor and go get a copy right now. (In case you’re wondering, I am neither a corporate shill, nor do I stand to gain any commissions based on the following fawning review.)

I hope Steal Like An Artist becomes a classic creativity read, like Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit or Lewis Hyde’s The Gift. It’s like a fun ten-step program for how to make stuff, with a practical focus on teaching you how to mash-up and remix your way to something both new and authentically your own. Given that I’m writing an adaptation it obviously spoke to my inner spirit.

While I’d basically like to put the entire book in blockquotes, I’ll settle for the following:

The manifesto is this: Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.

And then he tells you how to actually do it. Like with specific steps, especially geared to our webby times.

You can get a preview of the book here, or read more about Austin and all his other cool projects here.

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