Newspaper Blackout


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! His work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for such organizations as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas, and online at


Sort of like Michelangelo carving away the marble that imprisoned what he saw within.--Cleveland Plain Dealer
One can imagine taking up blackout poetry on their daily bus commute in place of sudoku or the crossword puzzle.--Toronto's National Post
"Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring."--The Ephemerist
"[A] sense of play infuses the poems--short pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac..."--Austin Chronicle
"Highbrow/brilliant...It's better than it sounds."--New York magazine
"Part 'writing with constrictions, ' part happy accident, part found art, part design challenge...the a well rounded and consistent view into a guy most of us would want to buy a beer."--Radio Exile
"[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it a cross between magnetic refrigerator poetry and enigmatic ransom notes, funny and zen-like, collages of found art..."--The New Yorker
Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn't need.--NPR's Morning Edition
"...a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers..."--Wall Street Journal
"...hidden bits of Zen lite that occasionally bump up against brilliance....Kleon manages to turn the paper of record into visually stark nuggets of poetry and wit. All the Muse That's Fit to Print, you might say."--Texas Monthly