This week: reasons to be cheerful, good theft and bad theft, defining success, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. If you’re stuck, remember your heroes.
  2. A new copyright case is in the news — Lana Del Ray vs. Radiohead — so, since people have asked me, here’s the difference between good theft and bad theft and my thoughts about copyright.
  3. Great advice from writer Roxane Gay: define your creative success by what you can control. (My version: work like Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, every day, without hope and without despair.)
  4. David Byrne’s reasons to be cheerful.
  5. A great Virginia Woolf essay on Henry David Thoreau. (I’m reading entries from the abridged editions of both of their diaries: Woolf’s is called A Moment’s Liberty and Thoreau’s is published by NYRB classics.)
  6. I finished my daily reading of A.R. Ammons’ Tape For The Turn of the Year, which you can go back and read here.
  7. This week I learned that faking old paper is really hard and vintage paper is quite valuable. (Paper is a wonderful technology!)
  8. Worth watching: I’ve become a big fan of director Taika Waititi: I loved What We Do In the Shadows and really liked Hunt for The Wilderpeople and this week we watched Boy. (I haven’t seen the Thor movie, but if the blooper reel is any indication, it will be fun, too.) 
  9. Ear candy: The Balanescu Quartet doing Kraftwerk’s “The Robots.” (I highly recommend their album containing 5 Kraftwerk covers, Possessed.)
  10. More from my blog: collaging robots out of the Restoration Hardware catalog and new blackout poems: “The Pasture,” “A Great Sheep,” and “How To Improve.” (And, in case you missed it, here are 100 things that made my 2017.)
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Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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