15 great books I read this year, in no particular order.
A while back, the folks at Wired asked me to make some blackouts from their recent design issue.
After 23 hours of labor, my wife gave birth to our first son, Owen Wells Kleon, on October 25th at 4:32 a.m. He came in at 6 lbs., 11 oz., 20 3/4″ long.
When I was 13, I wrote to my favorite artist and he wrote back. 15 years later I got to meet him. Here’s the story.
I’m writing a new book.
My piece for the New York Times’ Room For Debate section.
I’d like to be a chain smoker when it comes to projects — using the end of the last one to light the next.
“say all the right things / do not risk offending anyone / be likable / fake friendliness / smiles and handshakes / avoid the question of scientific evidence / B just an ordinary who made it / say stuff written for anybody to hear / try to collect someone or something to blame / project optimisim about the future and happy endings / shout follow me! there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of / if it’s hard to win drop out”
This morning to warm up I drew some entries from one of my favorite Tumblrs, Screenshots of Despair.
go to work / and sneak things in when you can
avoid the guaranteed injury / cruise over the line / defy perfection / hide and seek in a kind of carefree spirit / drink a beer / be quieter / break balls / answer 13 questions no one asked / be the end of the baddest guy out there / throw something / perhaps there is a happy way to embrace without turning fake / when you pin your kind you get your team
A story about Bob Ross, his mentor Bill Alexander, and what happens when a student surpasses his master.
the skirts of dallas are on the rise / and texas is a more pleasant place
The July 20th issue of Publisher’s Weekly featured a piece I wrote about book tour, bookselling, and my newfound love for indie bookstores.
A new blackout: “You make everyone else / everyone else”
A little 2-minute video about Picasso, Brancusi, and how to tell if you have a vampire problem in your life.
Get a signed copy of Steal from Bookpeople, an independent bookstore here in Austin, TX.
do something crazy / honor the rookie / throw out social media for a start / just zoom in on any one thing and stay with it / avoid long-term mularkey / love something more / go to the ice cream shop and shake everyone’s hand / no panicking / just remember what a great mystery is / remain a student / don’t think long enough to know / more walks
more walks /
Poems about devils.
Video of a talk I gave for designers, musicians, and anybody who wants to get better at writing.
“do you think your sons going to be a – somebody with talent b – a handful c- good for us”
punch this summer / go missing from work / pack up and run off / a gig’s a gig / never read email / spell out life in a divine text message / cross the country in a time-traveling car / stop brooding over the alter ego / put an end to this operation on loan from the faint of heart / look into the whereabouts of missing years / have a near-death experience for the rest of us / you can’t help wondering
“we are our own deal / I don’t mind that you torture me”
“I want you / that you that I was cautioned against”
Lessons I learned while on the road touring behind Steal Like An Artist.
Images from my sketchbook I kept during the second half of the Steal Across America tour.
The tour comes to an end…
A nutty week in NYC.
Me and my friends Maria Popova, Maris Kreizman, and Maud Newton talk about collecting and sharing inspiration online.
“develop a personal hero and explore his voice / be so lucky / endure torture at low doses / be loose / get a little belief system / shred shrug shed / keep a sharp gaze / punish the cobbler of conformity / underestimate originality / use time surprisingly”
The folks at American Craft Magazine ran an excerpt of Steal Like An Artist in their June/July 2012 issue.
You can now hang the list on your wall!
How I learned to write by copying other people’s handwriting.
New York City! Come see me and my friends at McNally Jackson on Wednesday, May 30th at 7PM.
Had a short, fun time in Minneapolis!
my mother knew i was bound art ways / and she didnt throw me down the stairs
Cruising the Midwest on the fifth week of tour…
A month into the tour, and our biggest stretch.
When I was in San Francisco, the folks at Google recorded a version of my Steal talk for their Authors at Google series.
When I was in Kansas City, the folks at TEDxKC had me give a 10-minute version of my Steal talk at the Nelson Atkins Museum after the TEDxChange simulcast.
A time-lapse video of me chalk drawing in Phoenix, and other interviews in Portland and San Francisco.
everyone has little keys to the kingdom / and much to steal
A newspaper blackout.
What my sketchbook looks like when I’m traveling.
Third week deep into the tour, and I haven’t gotten sick or gone crazy!
de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased.
The tour continues…
It’s official: Steal is a New York Times best selling book.
NYC, Philly, San Diego… had an incredible start to the tour last week.
An edited version of a sappy talk I gave at the Columbia University bookstore last week.