Thursday, April 25, 2013
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Kleon's basic premise is that no art is original. "The writer Jonathan Lethem has said that when people call something 'original,' nine out of ten times they just don't know the references or the original sources involved. What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before."
If you are looking for motivation, this will fit the bill. It's a quick read too. It was handy that I happened to have downloaded the book onto my iPod via the Edmonton Public Library's Freading e-book database. I read the entire book out loud to my sweetie in the hospital while we were waiting for her to have emergency surgery on Sunday. She came home yesterday and is healing nicely. My blog posts may be shorter and less frequent for a while, though.