Newspaper Blackout

Newspaper Blackout

by Austin Kleon


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ISBN-13: 9780061732973
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Pages: 173
Sales rank: 522,360
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Newspaper Blackout, Steal Like An Artist, and Show Your Work! His latest release is The Steal Like An Artist Journal: A Notebook For Creative Kleptomaniacs. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. New York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.” He speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. Visit him online at

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Newspaper Blackout 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mondobass More than 1 year ago
It sounds easy enough. Take a newspaper article and block off a section two columns wide by 5 or 6 inches long. Look for words or phrases that speak to you and draw a box around them. Flesh out your poem using other words from the article and then "blackout" the remainder. Austin Kleon did not invent this method but he did take it and run with it. At first read the poems seem simple. But after you get out your own marker and try your hand at it, you realize how talented this guy really is. Some are funny, some are sentimental, all are thought provoking. Buy the book. Also buy a newspaper and a sharpie. Go ahead, blackout a poem. You know you want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't mean to use crap as not important I meant like stuff that goes on in the nook world because i think its cool.