“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. Nothing is completely original.”
I first heard of Austin while listening to James Altucher’s Podcast; I saved his book sample and its Amazon reviews were great. I bought and read Steal Like An Artist in about 48 hours.
Kleon’s book is about creativity and where it comes from. He talks about where ideas can come from and where you can take them. This is a book I highly recommend to any high school or college student, also for any adult who isn’t sure what to do with themselves or feels they haven’t found their calling in life. It reminds me of two of my favorite books I read back in college by Paul Arden: a book that’s relatively short on text with lots of images.
Steal Like An Artist will take you an hour, tops to read, but leave you with a year’s worth — probably more — of ideas and actions to take. Is that worth $20? Yes? Get it.