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Art Heroes Review
Austin Kleon was my first guest on Art Heroes Radio and he's back this week to talk about his recent runaway hit How to Steal Like an Artist (and 9 other Things Nobody Told Me). When I first read How to Steal Like an Artist, it struck me as probably the best thing I'm likely to read this year— it's the kind of essay you don't see all that often that just nails it.
In the first part of the conversation we discuss some of the ramifications of having a piece take off so massively. I cut some of the technical details but left enough to give you an idea what happens when you get a major hit completely unexpectedly. The rest of the conversation expands on the essay and gives some of the back story for where the ideas came from.
If you enjoy this discussion, you should listen to Austin's previous appearance on Art Heroes.
Austin Kleon is a writer, cartoonist, and web designer. He's best known for his Newspaper Blackout Poems—poetry made by redacting words from newspaper articles with a permanent marker. His first book, Newspaper Blackout, was published by Harper Perennial in April 2010. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo.
Learn More about Austin Kleon
- Get to know Austin on Twitter.
- How to make your own Newspaper Blackout poem (video)
- Purchase Newspaper Blackout on Amazon
- Austin's art and writing on his blog.
- Photos and in-progress works on Flickr.
- Austinkleon.com: How to Steal Like an Artist (and 9 other Things Nobody Told Me)
- Austinkleon.com: Letter to a young collage artist
- Newspaperblackout.com: Tumblr site for submitting your own Newspaper Blackout poems
Show Highlights: Excerpts From the Conversation
Once the transcription is completed I'll include some of the best portions here.