Book Review: Steal Like An Artist

Yesterday I made a trip to my local bookstore looking for something to read before I go back to college next week. After an hour of walking around the little bookstore, I decided to buy the book which sat on top of my want-to-read list: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.


The book is well written and very easy to follow. It’s full of quotes and beautiful illustrations supporting the content the writer want to deliver. The book is short, though. I only spent an hour or so to read the entire book.

In this book, Kleon wrote 10 advices he wished he’d heard as a young artist. Even though he learned these things being an artist, he said that the ideas apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into the life and work, not only artist.

The book opens with a quote about stealing ideas:

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn. —T. S. Elliott

Steal Like An Artist is a great guide to improving and finding yourself by emulating and stealing from your idols or heroes then transforming their work and make yours.

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In my opinion, the book is very great. It’s a very great investment for your life. It’s also a perfect gift for your friend or relative. Let me close this review with my favorite quote from the book:

Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want—that just kills creativity. —Jack White

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