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Interview with “Steal Like an Artist” Author Austin Kleon

No Comments 12 March 2012

Today’s interview is with Austin Kleon, a writer and artist whose most recent book, Steal Like an Artist, is based on a speech-turned-blog post that went insanely viral. Actually, it was Tim King (last week’s interview) who sent me that blog post about a year ago, and I’ve been following Austin ever since.

Steal Like an Artist hasn’t been a disappointment. Rosanne Cash called his book “brilliant and real and true.” Seth Godin said it’s “breezy and fun and yes, scary. Scary because it calls your bluff.” Lifehackers.com says that it’s “filled with well-formed advice that applies to nearly any kind of work.” Chris Anderson, curator of Ted, calls it “beautiful.”

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Jen, MsMorphosis herself, writes with a wisdom that belies her age (astoundingly only 25) and speaks from a place that seems like you’re listening to your big sister, or a dear friend that you’ve never met. For me, the connection was instant, and the material has always been almost so personally intertwined and touching that I feel like the singer-story-teller in the song, ‘Killing Me Softly.’ — Sheanna Caban