Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.

Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Filmmaker John Waters has said, “Nothing is more important than an unread library.”

Don’t worry about doing research. Just search.

– excerpted from Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon [buy | borrow]


Jack Kerouac reading, ca. 1950’s
via Everett Collection

Digging into Joyce Johnson’s The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac [buy | borrow]. Also started Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes [buy | borrow]. Mad juxtaposition of stories.

It’s Friday…what are you reading this weekend?

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