Austin Kleon is positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet. His Newspaper Blackout project is essentially a postmodern florilegium, using a black Sharpie to make art and poetry by redacting newspaper articles.
In this excellent talk from The Economist's Human Potential Summit, titled Steal Like an Artist, Kleon makes an articulate and compelling case for combinatorial creativity and the role of remix in the idea economy.
Nothing is completely original. All artists' work builds on what came before. Every new idea is just a remix or a mashup of two previous ideas.
And even more in the vein of the Brain Pickings ethos, reminiscent of this favorite quote by iconic designer Paula Scher:
We can pick our teachers and we can pick our friends and we can pick the books we read and the music we listen to and the movies we see, etcetera. You are a mashup of what you let into your life.
So here's to filling our mental petri dishes with the best, most diverse, and cross-disciplinary ideas possible, so we can be our best combinatorial mashup-selves.
This post also appears on Brain Pickings.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.