Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.

Steal Like an Artist is a small and crisp book with advice on creating art. The author says there is no original idea. Instead, all ideas are modified versions of some other ideas. And while that concept sounds like plagiarism, he makes a convincing argument on how good ideas are personalized copies. The individualist touch and the vision differentiate and make the idea great.

It’s not necessarily a descriptive book like most books in this genre are. It states the advice to the point and leaves it to the reader to interpret and modify the information at their disposal. It is something you can go back time and time again quickly.

I don’t work in the creative field. However, aspects of this book can be applied to any field of work. I liked the pace of the book and the sequencing of the chapters. It is well put together, and easy and quick read.

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