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Feb 20, 2014

Little Free Libraries

This morning I stuck copies of Show Your Work! in Little Free Libraries around my neighborhood.

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

Check out the #littlefreelibrary tag on Instagram.

Dec 21, 2013
Favorite reads of 2013 so far. (I refuse to make a final list until the end of the year. Here’s why.)

Favorite reads of 2013 so far. (I refuse to make a final list until the end of the year. Here’s why.)

Dec 09, 2013
I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual activity. If the book is rare or by your favorite author or one you didn’t know about, reward them with the most perverted sex act you can think of. Otherwise, you can just make out.
John Waters on what you should give for Christmas (cf. what to do if you go to someone’s house without books)

Dec 07, 2013
Nobody is going to get any points in heaven by slogging their way through a book they aren’t enjoying but think they ought to read.
— Nancy Pearl, on her Rule of 50

Dec 02, 2013
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Nov 26, 2013

75 favorite books from the past 7 years

Every year since 2006 I’ve made a list of my 10 favorite books I read. (Except for last year, when I made a list of 15.) Many of them hold up, but then, some of them I don’t even remember. Thought I’d list them here in case you’re looking for something to read. (I’m still reading and working on my list for 2013.)


Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Sarah Bakewell, How To Live: Or A Life Of Montaigne

Mike Monteiro, Design Is A Job

Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood

Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

David Byrne, How Music Works

Will Hermes, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking

Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion

Pamela Druckerman, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Tom Bissell, Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation

Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence


Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Jay-Z, Decoded

Charles Portis, The Dog of the South

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

Paul Murray, Skippy Dies

Errol Morris, Believing Is Seeing

Maureen McHugh, After the Apocalypse

Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage

Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From


Joe Brainard, I Remember

Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

Patti Smith, Just Kids

Mary Karr, Lit

David Shields, Reality Hunger

Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

Maira Kalman, The Pursuit of Happiness

Lynda Barry, Picture This

John Darnielle, Master of Reality


Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, and Reflections

Ed Emberley, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make A World

David Mazzuchelli, Asterios Polyp

John Porcellino, Map of My Heart

Frank O’Hara, Lunch Poems

Dan Chaon, Await Your Reply

David Small, Stitches

Louis Hyde, Trickster Makes This World

Sarah Thornton, Seven Days In The Art World

Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody


Lynda Barry, What It Is

John Berger, Ways of Seeing_

Steve Martin, Born Standing Up

Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None

Lewis Hyde, The Gift

Michael Lewis, Moneyball

Chip Kidd, The Cheese Monkeys


Cormac McCarthy, The Road

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter 7

David Kunzle, The Early Comic Strip

Anders Nilsen, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow

Drew Westen, The Political Brain

David Hockney, Secret Knowledge

John Porcellino, King-Cat Classix

Stephen Mitchell, The Gospel According to Jesus

Joel Smith, Saul Steinberg: Illuminations

George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone


Eduardo Galeano, Soccer In Sun and Shadow

Scott McCloud, Making Comics

Italo Calvino, Six Memos For The Next Millenium

Edward Tufte, Beautiful Evidence

Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat

Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Kevin Huizenga, Curses

David Foster Wallace, Consider The Lobster

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Lynda Barry, Cruddy

Nov 14, 2013

This is the dedication from my new book.

Delaney wins. (Although he needs to learn to always link to his book!)


This is the dedication from my new book.

Delaney wins. (Although he needs to learn to always link to his book!)

Nov 08, 2013
The process of publishing a book is like telling a joke, then having to wait for 2 years to find out whether it was funny or not.
Alain de Botton (cf. “The Gulp”)

Nov 06, 2013

How to get a book published

I’ve sold three books now, so more and more I get a lot of questions from people who want to publish their own books.

I’ve discussed the subject previously, but want to point anyone interested to my agent Ted Weinstein’s audio workshops, where he discusses the business of publishing.

Beware! Any romantic notions of book publishing will be destroyed by Ted. He does not bullshit.

Here are his 3 key pieces of advice:

  1. All Publishing is Self‐Publishing
  2. Get Famous First
  3. You’re CEO of Your Own Multimedia Empire

What does he mean? Listen to the workshops to find out.

If all that sounds like a lot of work, it is, and it’s why in the very beginning, I gave up all hopes of publishing a traditional book and started a blog.

Filed under: publishing

Oct 09, 2013
Filed under: Louis CK.

Filed under: Louis CK.

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