Date: Jul 15, 2018

I was visiting a library in my block this morning, and stumbled upon a book authored by Austin Kleon in 2012, titled “Steal Like an Artist” (you can find it online in Amazon, Book Depository, etc.). Upon skimming few of its pages, I already felt like I want to finish the book soon.

It’s a good book, with a lot of takeaways that I can relate. Started reading it at 8.50am, finished the reading at 9.45am, and reading it again at 15.00.

This post contains the things I read from the book, that I want myself to relate/reflect back, anytime in the future. All credits belong to the author –– thanks for writing the book!

  1. Wondering. Wandering.
  2. “There’s nothing new under the sun.” As the French writer Andre Gide put it, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again”
  3. “Here’s a trick they teach you in art school. Draw two parallel lines on a piece of paper. How many lines are there? There’s the first line, but then there’s a line of negative space that runs between them. See it? 1 + 1 = 3
  4. A good example is genetics. You have a mother and you have a father. You posses features from both of them, but the sum of you is bigger than their parts. You’re a remix of your mom, and dad, and all of your ancestors.
  5. “We were kids without fathers. So we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves” – Jay Z
  6. The artist is a collector, not a hoarder. Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artist collect selectively; they only collect things that they really love.
  7. The great thing about dead or remote masters is that they can’t refuse you as an apprentice. You can learn whatever you want from them.
  8. “Seeing yourself as part of a creative lineage will help you feel less alone as you start making your own stuff. I hang pictures of my favorite artists in my studio”
  9. “School is one thing. Education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s always your job to get yourself an education
  10. You have to be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference.
  11. “Don’t ask question before you Google it. You’ll either find the answer, or you’ll come up with a better question.”