[Newspapers] are the single most efficient way to immerse yourself in the past. If you want to know about 1908, don’t go to some secondary source - read the newspapers. Any old edition will have some revelation which doesn’t hold with our received notions of the time.
Nicholson Baker
"Deleted scene" by Austin Kleon

Threw this out yesterday. It would be interesting to incorporate snippets of pictures into the poems, but it’s also an extra constraint that can make things frustrating. See also: “The Local Architect”
"Deleted scene" by Austin Kleon

Threw this out yesterday. It would be interesting to incorporate snippets of pictures into the poems, but it’s also an extra constraint that can make things frustrating. See also: “The Local Architect

“The Local Architect" by Austin KleonThis is from way back in 2005. When I first started making the poems, I tried to connect pictures from the articles with a few choice words. This turned out to be way too much of a constraint—never mind the legal issues involved with including whole images.Those of y’all just starting out with your own blackout poems, click through to this batch and take heart: my first ones really weren’t very good!
The Local Architect" by Austin Kleon

This is from way back in 2005. When I first started making the poems, I tried to connect pictures from the articles with a few choice words. This turned out to be way too much of a constraint—never mind the legal issues involved with including whole images.

Those of y’all just starting out with your own blackout poems, click through to this batch and take heart: my first ones really weren’t very good!