New on 20x200: Overheard on the Titanic by Austin Kleon
10”x8” ($20) | 14”x11” ($50) | 20”x16” ($200)
In the newsletter, Jen writes:
I introduced Austin’s The Travelogue shortly after returning from my Austin-with-Austin travels and what I wrote back then is still the best description I can think of to describe why I find Austin’s work so enchanting:
His selection-by-omission practice is the semi-illogical next step in a process that I go through constantly, one which I’ve pursued, involuntarily at times, for as long as I can remember being able to read. Nearly all my reading is a swim against an undercurrent of my unending search for a motto, a rallying cry or a mantra. Whether it’s a poignant refrain of a pop song, a quote from a dead person or a few lines swiped from an admired poet, my constant search for a few good words is… constant. But, my ceaseless scanning of a page for a string of resonant words is thoroughly trumped by Austin’s talent for stringing them together. He doesn’t find poetry, he makes it—and he doesn’t just make it, he publishes it. Which is to say that this creative-writing-major-with-a-concentration-in-poetry college dropout makes me both green with envy and glowing with pride.