Things Are What You Make of Them
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Insights & inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else) from the author of 1 Page at a Time.

An expanded, full-color, pocket size collection of my popular handwritten essays! Whether you identify as a “creative” or not, this book tackles the highs and lows of trying to make things (or, you know, life) happen.

Praise for Adam and Things Are

“Adam J. Kurtz is master of the playful, lightweight mood booster.” ‑BuzzFeed

“All of Adam J. Kurtz’s words are filled with wit, warmth, wonder and wisdom.” ‑Alanis Morissette, artist/activist

“This brilliant, life-affirming new book is chock full of audacious advice to help creative people make sense of rejection, failure, false-starts, fame, happiness and collaborations.” ‑Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters

“Adam speaks with a relatable blend of self-deprecating humor and confidence, always reminding us that with a laugh and some help from friends, we can get through just about anything.” ‑Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge

“Blurring the line between artist and therapist.” ‑VICE


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