In honor of the 2012 South by Southwest festival, which starts today, we’re celebrating with a visit to the Austin, Texas studio of Austin Kleon, frequent SXSW panelist and attendee, and author of the new book Steal Like an Artist. Here, we ask him a few questions, speed round style.
Recent book you loved/learned from:
Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence. The original piece that book is centered around had a huge influence on Steal Like An Artist, but the book is even richer.
It’s hard to pick just one! BookPeople and Domy Books are two amazing stores in Austin, Texas.
If it’s hidden, it’s hidden for a reason. (Wink.)
Bookmark or dog-ear?:
Dog-eared. And underlined. And scribbled in the margins…
Book you are most ashamed never to have read:
I have a book out on creativity and I’ve never read Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit or Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way. (Whoops!)
Most frequent form of writerly procrastination:
Favorite childhood book:
Ernie’s Big Mess. (A Sesame Street Start-to-Read Book)
Your perfect meal:
My mom’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, a slice of cherry pie, and a glass of milk.
To be unemployed and independently wealthy.
Super power of choice:
Flying. I’d be having some Grimaldi’s pizza for dinner. (Like my dachshund, I’m food motivated.)
In Steal, you recommend reaching out to creative heroes who inspire you by writing blog posts, dedicating your work to them, and writing fan letters. What was the last fan letter you wrote?
The last fan letter I wrote was Steal! It’s a public fan letter to all the artists who’ve taught me so much.
What Workman book would you like to receive as compensation for your participation?
I Will Teach You To Be Rich
If you’re in Austin, Texas come by the Austin Convention Center this Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30 to hear Austin Kleon and filmmaker Kirby Ferguson discuss creativity in the digital age, followed by a book signing.