Stealing — Good or Bad?

Austin Kleon has an inspirational book for writers and other artists called Steal Like An Artist, a New York Times bestseller. A friend, an acclaimed artist herself, thought I might find enjoy it and perhaps find some inspiration. It’s a winner.

On page 39 he lists why ALL theft is not good:

Good Theft             vs             Bad Theft

Honor                                       Degrade

Study                                         Skim

Steal from Many                    Steal from One

Credit                                         Plagiarize

Transform                                  Imitate

Remix                                          Rip Off

“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original,” says Kleon. He quotes from (Ecclesiastes 1:9): “There is nothing new under the sun.”

More on Kleon in later posts.

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