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3 Books With Neil Pasricha

Sep 10, 2022

Buckle up!


Today we are flying down to hot, hot Austin, Texas where we’re going to grab three chairs on the grackle-filled patio of Mi Madre’s restaurant and order ourselves some enchiladas and #0 breakfast tacos before having lunch with the wise and wonderful Austin Kleon.


Austin in Austin — a treat! Austin Kleon is “a writer who draws” and the author of a number of my favorite books including Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work, and Keep Going. His books are kalaidoscopic collage-patchwork delights, focus on themes of creativity, are massive bestsellers and have sold over a million copies.


Austin has a wonderful well of wisdom at which is home to his new great Substack community and his endlessly arresting Friday Newsletter. (One of the few newsletters I open and read religiously every week!)


We are going to talk about: writer and reader energies, the Japanese word tsundoku, violence in America, dumb questions, the power of doodling, nature as a metaphor, car problems, Austin Kleon’s 3 most formative books and much, much more.


Order yourself a taco, grab a margarita, put on a tank top and some shades, and come hang out with us down on the teal metal-grid table on the patio of Mi Madre’s Mexican Restaurant in east Austin, Texas.


Let’s flip the page into Chapter 111 now…


What You'll learn:

  • Why should you order a #0 Taco at Mi Madre?
  • How do writer and reader energies complement each other?
  • Why should unread piles not stress you out?
  • What is the intersection of reading and travel?
  • Why is an awakening to misinformation crucial to growing up?
  • Why is violence so prominent in the US?
  • What is ‘home’?
  • Why should we all have ‘a room of one’s own’?
  • What is the difference between lies and bullshit?
  • What is real freedom?
  • What’s wrong with the car?
  • Why are dumb questions the best?
  • How do we manage giving our kids freedom?
  • How does mentorship shape you?
  • Why should you use your hands when you create art?
  • Why is teaching like a quilt?
  • What is the power of doodling and why should we all draw?
  • How does keeping a diary promote writing?
  • What is the true power of a walk?
  • How can social media be used … productively?
  • Why is nature the best metaphor?
  • What is the optimal tension for creativity and life?
  • Why should we all take public transit on a regular basis?


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3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. For more info check out: