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Books Battle Netflix: Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon is the kick in the pants you’ve been looking for.

Kleon has the medicine that many beginners and “blocked” experts need. Take what you like and transmute it. In contrast to the old advice to write what you know, Kleon throws out the challenge, “Write the book you want to read.”

This would be a better use time than watching On The Road and buying a boatload of new denim designed to look like old denim.

But if you’ve ordered Steal Like An Artist and you need something to hold you down until it arrives checkout Exit Through the Gift Shop. Or you could just check out Kleon’s Ted Talk right here.

Is marginalia a dirty word? Ever been caught doing it in a library?

Here’s a link to a new podcast Kevin Eagan and I have cooked up for you.

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/09/09/writing-margins-episode-20/

Fall Semester Beings in Macomb and in the Ether

The fall semester is happening here in Macomb, across the world, and in the ether. Kevin Eagan and I put together a podcast about the latter. Check it out if you’re interested in MOOCs or other possible fringes and futures of higher education. http://criticalmargins.com/2014/08/08/mooc-education-episode-18/

Kindle Unlimited and Amazon’s Master Plans

Kevin Eagan and I just posted a podcast on the Kindle Unlimited Program and Amazon’s Master Plans. It’s a damn fine show, if you’re into that sort of thing.
http://criticalmargins.com/2014/07/28/kindle-unlimited-episode-17/

What Can Writers Learn from Radiohead, Netflix, and Spotify?

What Can Writers Learn from Radiohead, Netflix, and Spotify?

In Episode 16 of our podcast, Kevin Eagan and I hunt down Models for the Future of publishing?

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/07/11/episode-16-models-publishing-future/ via @criticalmargins

“Watch your mouth!” But I’m talking about books, baby. I hope you can dig it.

Check out the link to the latest Critical Margins podcast on “The Sacred and the Profane: Reading Naughty Words in Books.”

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/07/06/episode-15-sacred-profane/#more-6104

Podcast: The Unwashed Reviews

Kevin Eagan and I aren’t policing the police but in this podcast we are reviewing the reviewers. From the New Yorker to Amazon Reviews and everything in between is up for grabs.

http://criticalmargins.com/2014/06/25/episode-14-unwashed-reviews/