June 30, 2017

Books Read: June 2017

Here’s everything I finished reading this month.

Steal Like an Artist

by Austin Kleon - Grab a copy

God, I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time. Finally got around to it and I’m so happy I did. This, combined with Show Your Work!, is the perfect collection of advice for anyone in a creative field. Or not in a creative field. Everyone should read it. It’s such a quick read, there’s no excuse not to read it.

Show Your Work!

by Austin Kleon - Grab a copy

My favorite of the two Austin Kleon books I read this month. It was a superb reminder of the importance of being open about your work, both for creative reasons and for very practical ones (e.g. sharing your work is the best way to grow your career). Again, it’s a very quick read, but it’s packed with great advice, inspirational quotes, and Austin’s signature newspaper blackout poems. A huge 👍 from me.

Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch - Grab a copy

I read this at the recommendation of my wife, and I’m glad I did. It’s a really good thriller that plays with time and multiple universes, but wraps it up in a solid love and family story, too. I wish some of the characters were more developed, but it sucked me in nonetheless. I can definitely see this one being made into a movie soon.

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

by Drew Weing - Grab a copy

I loved this comic from Drew Weing. I stumbled upon it after coming across his web comic and immediately placed a hold at my local library. The art and writing are both fantastic. It reminds me a lot of Joan Sfar’s Vampire Loves or Richard Sala’s Cat Burglar Black.

Summer Blonde

by Adrian Tomine - Grab a copy

Ugh, this collection of short comics. It hits pretty hard. I hadn’t read any Adrian Tomine until I picked this up on a whim, and I wish someone would have warned me. It’s really, really good, but very… real, for lack of a better term. The characters are all so familiar, even if the situations are not. Very depressing and melancholy, without any satisfying conclusions. Just like real life.

The Revenge of Analog

by David Sax - Grab a copy

My favorite book of the month. A really interesting look at the role of analog in an otherwise digital world. David Sax looks at everything from vinyl, film, and paper to trade skills and schools to see how people are picking analog approaches over digital ones and what that means for individuals and businesses.

I really like the overall conclusion that there will always be a place for analog approaches. Humans will always crave them, despite digital alternatives in nearly every case. The business opportunities might not be as huge for analog products, but they’re there and worth pursuing.

Have any books you think I should check out? Email me and tell me about them.