Do you steal?

Blackout poet Austin Kleon, who describes himself as a “writer who draws,” explores the secrets of creativity (including “good theft”) in his new book Steal Like an Artist.

Writing and drawing to his younger self, Kleon shares lessons he’s learned over the past decade. One is the idea that each person is a “mashup” who needs to cultivate certain qualities, be around creative influences, and work hard in order to grow in his/her freedom of expression.

So its okay for artists to steal? In T.S. Eliot’s words, “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.”