I hate writing. What I really love is reading. I tell people I became a professional writer so I could be a professional reader. (Adam Phillips: “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.”)
I can’t stand being in a bookstore talking about only my own books and not the books I love.
One of my favorite things to do on the Show Your Work! tour was very quickly cruise through the bookstore before my talk and pick up five (somewhat random) books to recommend during Q&A.
Always circling the same obsessions, I’ll often make a poem months (or years) after that would’ve fit perfectly into one of my books. This one would’ve gone into chapter three of Steal Like An Artist (“Write the book you want to read.”) Originally, it was going to go, “I read what I want to read,” as a screw you to people who try to make you feel guilty about what you read, but I decided I couldn’t pass this one up.
Last week I wrapped up the Show Your Work! tour with a packed homecoming at BookPeople in Austin, Texas. Here I am passing out some of my wife’s chocolate chip cookies beforehand:
My wife and I went out and celebrated after — 20 cities in two months made for a pretty hectic home life. Not that I’m complaining TOO much: there wasn’t ONE single dud on this tour. The turnouts were amazing. Thank you to everyone who came out.
If I didn’t come to your town…maybe next time! You can still get a signed copy of the book from BookPeople.
Minneapolis: Probably had a little too much fun. Hit up Nye’s, had breakfast at Hell’s Kitchen with my friend Chad Hagen (and once again with my buddy Hawk — great food), signed books at Magers and Quinn, saw the Hopper process show at the Walker and did an interview with Rain Taxi, visited Aesthetic Apparatus and got a test print, then Dan Ibarra took me to the Matisse show at the MIA, gave the keynote at Confab (really awesome conference), and then went record shopping with my friends and ended up signing at the fantastic Electric Fetus.
We were digging in our flat files and found some extremely limited-edition prints that we pulled way back in 2010 at Texas State in San Marcos. The first is “Agoraphobia,” an edition of 18 screenprints. Here’s video of artist Curtis Miller pulling them:
The other print, “The Travelogue,” is a lithograph in an edition of 20:
Here’s a close-up of the raw image:
Here’s video of Clif Riley working on them:
You can buy both in our shop.