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Jul 29, 2014
Anything you promote, there’s a game that you either play or you don’t play. I decided very early on that I was very ambitious and I wanted to play.

Jul 06, 2014

Chilly Gonzales teaches what he knows

The great Chilly Gonzales (“the musical genius!”) has a new book of sheet music out called Re-Introduction Etudes, which is a book of 24 pieces designed to give people with limited piano training (who gave up for whatever reason) a “re-introduction” to music theory and playing.

Here’s a video of Gonzales explaining left-hand technique:

And here’s a series he’s doing called “Pop Music Masterclass,” where he takes pop songs and explains the musical theory behind them. Here’s one for Lykke Li’s “No Rest For The Wicked”:

And here’s one for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”:

Really brilliant ideas, and perfect examples of what I talked about in the “Teach What You Know” chapter of my book, Show Your Work!

Filed under: Chilly Gonzales

(Source: thinkprocessnotproduct)

Jun 25, 2014

Don’t ask.

An old saying that I can’t stand is, “You don’t get if you don’t ask.” [My career really started when] I did a little reading in Chicago at a club. It was just a silly show, but Ira Glass happened to be in the audience. He introduced himself and then he called me a couple of years later and asked if I had anything Christmas-y that would work for a local radio show in Chicago. I had a story about the time I worked as an elf at Macy’s Santa Land, so I recorded the story and he put it on his radio show Morning Edition, which has an audience of 10 million. It changed my career in every way, but the difference is, I didn’t invite Ira to come and hear me, he just happened to be there. Somebody gave me a manuscript not that long ago. The note on it said, “Please Mr. Sedaris, you can become my Ira Glass.” That’s not the same! I have helped plenty of people, but I’ve helped them because they didn’t ask me to. Usually when somebody asks you, that’s a sign that their talent is for self-promotion, not writing.
David Sedaris

Jun 22, 2014

Покажи свою работу! The Russians outdo themselves with a hardcover translation of my book Show Your Work!

Jun 12, 2014
I have a big piece of advice! Stop “aspiring”!!!!! Your aspirations end now!!!! […] The freaking coolest thing about living in the year 20XX is that you don’t have to have anyone’s permission…. Just start making whatever you want! Don’t save your good ideas for some big-wig executives or networks. Just do them right now! Don’t be precious with your ideas, just put them out there.
— Ian Jone-Quartey’s advice to aspiring animators works for anybody who wants to make things. Recommended.

Jun 11, 2014

Frank O’Hara and Laurence Ferlinghetti’s Lunch Poems correspondence

From The Paris Review:

the two poets hash out the details of the book’s publication: which poems to consider, their order, the dedication, and even the title. “Do you still like the title Lunch Poems?” O’Hara asks Ferlinghetti. “I wonder if it doesn’t sound too much like an echo of Reality Sandwiches or Meat Science Essays.” “What the hell,” Ferlinghetti replies, “so we’ll have to change the name of City Lights to Lunch Counter Press.”

These are so much fun to read. I love how he’s suggesting additions to the manuscript, and casually describes one of my favorite poems: as “a little poem about Lana Turner collapsing at a party which I don’t have with me. I will ask a friend of mine to find and send [it to you]…”

Also the contract:

“I like the contract a lot and am very cheered by the movie clause — if Terry Southern gets interested tell him he doesn’t have to stick to the plot at all, just send green”

Link: Lunch Poems: The 50th Anniversary Edition

Jun 01, 2014

Books I recommended on the Show Your Work! tour

I can’t stand being in a bookstore talking about only my own books and not the books I love. One of my favorite things to do on this last tour was very quickly cruise through the bookstore before my talk and pick up five (somewhat random) books to recommend during Q&A. I tried to get a decent selection, pick at least one poetry book and read a poem, and post a photo of the books from each night to my Instagram. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time at every store and not every gig was in an actual bookstore, so I only have 9 batches of books. More than enough for your summer reading, though…

Mason Currey, Daily Rituals

The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide To Becoming A Wine Expert

Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers

Maira Kalman, And The Pursuit of Happiness

Jane Mount, My Ideal Bookshelf

Frank O’Hara, Lunch Poems

Adam Sternbergh, Shovel Ready

Lynda Barry, The Freddie Stories

Ad Reinhardt, How To Look: Art Comics

Yoko Ono, Grapefruit

Japanese Death Poems

Anthony Burrill, I Like It. What Is It?

Matt Z. Seitz, The Wes Anderson Collection

Philip Larkin, Collected Poems

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Tony Millionaire, The Sock Monkey Treasury

Emily Dickinson, The Gorgeous Nothings

Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From

George Saunders, Tenth of December

Yoko Ono, Acorn

Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Eadweard Muybridge, The Human Figure In Motion

Decomposition Book

Ellen Lupton, Thinking With Type

Chip Kidd, Go

Betty Edwards, Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain

Kay Ryan, The Best Of It

Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Lewis Hyde, The Gift

Isa Chandra, Isa Does It

Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found

Shel Silverstein, Where The Sidewalk Ends

Max Barry, Lexicon

Vaughn & Staples, Saga

Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Magma Sketchbook

Studs Terkel, Working

Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey

David Byrne, How Music Works

Sarah Thornton, Seven Days In The Art World

Nathaniel Philbrick, Why Read Moby-Dick?

Maira Kalman, And The Pursuit of Happiness (forgot I’d already recommended this)

Lynda Barry, What It Is

Jay-Z, Decoded

See a bunch of other books I recommend here.

May 29, 2014
OMG. Kathy Sierra’s horse sniffs a copy of Show Your Work!

May 18, 2014
Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! displayed at the cash wrap in the  Matisse Cut-Outs exhibit gift shop at the Tate Modern!

Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! displayed at the cash wrap in the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibit gift shop at the Tate Modern!

May 08, 2014
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