No words

Monday, June 30th, 2014


Sometimes the words don’t come. That’s when I make pictures. (And vice versa.)

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Let’s Make Mistakes

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve been on my friend Mike Monteiro‘s podcast, Let’s Make Mistakes, twice now.

The first show was called “No One Destroys My Family But Me,” and we talked about being dads:

The second show was called “Church and State,” and it’s us ranting about art, design, and creativity:

I’m currently working on the forward to Mike’s forthcoming book, You’re My Favorite Client, which is the sequel to his brilliant book, Design Is A Job.

Russian translation of Show Your Work!

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014


The Russians don’t screw around. Like they did for the Russian translation of Steal Like An Artist, Mann, Ivanov, & Ferber have turned Show Your Work! into a bigger, badder, hardback! You can get a copy here.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

sentences will be the death of me

I hate writing. What I really love is reading. I tell people I became a professional writer so I could be a professional reader. (Adam Phillips: “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.”)

All the books I recommended on book tour

Thursday, June 12th, 2014


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 the Show Your Work! tour was very quickly cruise through the bookstore before my talk and pick up five (somewhat random) books to recommend during Q&A.

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Mission Statement

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I write what I want to read

Always circling the same obsessions, I’ll often make a poem months (or years) after that would’ve fit perfectly into one of my books. This one would’ve gone into chapter three of Steal Like An Artist (“Write the book you want to read.”) Originally, it was going to go, “I read what I want to read,” as a screw you to people who try to make you feel guilty about what you read, but I decided I couldn’t pass this one up.

Interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed me when I was in town for the LA Times Festival of Books. Watch the 5-minute video here.

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Interview with HEC-TV

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

interview with HEC-TV

Nice 20-minute interview with St. Louis’s HEC-TV from last month. Watch the video here.

Show Your Work! Tour Diary #6: Tour is over!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

tour is over

Last week I wrapped up the Show Your Work! tour with a packed homecoming at BookPeople in Austin, Texas. Here I am passing out some of my wife’s chocolate chip cookies beforehand:

Photo by @Ms_Cerda

My wife and I went out and celebrated after — 20 cities in two months made for a pretty hectic home life. Not that I’m complaining TOO much: there wasn’t ONE single dud on this tour. The turnouts were amazing. Thank you to everyone who came out.

If I didn’t come to your town…maybe next time! You can still get a signed copy of the book from BookPeople.

Show Your Work! Tour Diary #5: Houston, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis

Monday, May 19th, 2014

I’m winding down my book tour promoting Show Your Work! See all upcoming dates or follow me on Twitter or Instagram for daily updates.


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Minneapolis: Probably had a little too much fun. Hit up Nye’s, had breakfast at Hell’s Kitchen with my friend Chad Hagen (and once again with my buddy Hawk — great food), signed books at Magers and Quinn, saw the Hopper process show at the Walker and did an interview with Rain Taxi, visited Aesthetic Apparatus and got a test print, then Dan Ibarra took me to the Matisse show at the MIA, gave the keynote at Confab (really awesome conference), and then went record shopping with my friends and ended up signing at the fantastic Electric Fetus.

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