Newspaper Blackout

I’m not sure how it happened, but I recently stumbled onto the work of Austin Kleon. Austin is an artist who uses words (or as he describes it: a writer who draws). While he’s written a few great books, I recently enjoyed reading Newspaper Blackout. It’s an art form referred to as blackout poetry. He takes an article from a newspaper and blacks out all of the words except a new sentence that he forms. The new sentence usually has nothing to do with the original subject of the article. Here’s the best part about it: it’s surprisingly fun to do yourself.

If you enjoy reading, or poetry, or art… you’ll likely enjoy this book. You might even give it (or something like it) a try yourself and unlock your inner creative. It’s turned into a fun way to mentally unwind for me. While it’s relatively easy to do, the hard part is figuring out which words to keep.

Here are some of the ones I’ve made so far:

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“Nobody Else’s Benefit”

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“Social Media”

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“Where Ideas Intersect”

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“Conspiracy Theory”


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Jeremy Jernigan

Speaker | Author | Founder of Communion Wine Co.