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Work, Family, Scene: You Can Only Pick Two

Life is about tradeoffs

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When I first moved to Austin in 2013, I went out to lunch — fittingly — with a writer named Austin Kleon. I was a longtime fan of his book Steal Like an Artist (his book Keep Going is a new favorite). After we ate, he drove me around the city, showing me things and giving me advice.




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