I know I have found a kindred spirit in an author when I can’t even make it through the first page without having to take notes or underline a sentence. I have felt this way with every Austin Kleon book I’ve read. So many of his words and points and gathered quotes speak directly to something I’ve been muddling through in my own creative journey. Instead of doling out to-dos and assignments, he takes weight off your shoulders. He frees you up to simply create.
He knows that we are all overwhelmed at times by the chasm that stands between who we are and who we want to be as artists and creatives. He shares practical encouragement and quotes to span that gap.
“You start out as a phony and become real.” Glenn O’Brien
Austin also addresses originality and frees you from the pressure of trying to come up with something brand new. Instead, he challenges you to reengineer, deconstruct, reinvent, rearrange, rework, and then make something out of it all.
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.” TS Elliot
It’s a quick read, a wonderful creative pick-me-up, and an all-around excellent book to have in your library.
“Make things, know thyself.” -Austin Kleon