We love people who use their work to help and inspire others and that is exactly what Adam J. Kurtz does through his art. He uses words and illustrations to help remind us all that we are not alone, that everything isn’t always (that) bad and things will (probably) be ok again. We got Adam to tell us all about the three books that changed his life…

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera 

This book was recommended at just the right time and served as an important reminder of the way we are all living these complex and interconnected lives, different brains and bodies out there in the world figuring out our own shit on our own terms. 

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

This had been recommended before but I didn't finally pick it up until years later. Michael Chabon is so good at crafting an entire world and this book really has it all, it's peak him and peak me too. I loved reading it and felt actual grief when it was over.

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Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by me (lol)

This book changed my life in that it was born just after I left my last full-time job and started writing a monthly column for an online design site. It took shape as I faced my own new creative and emotional challenges and ended up, after two years, being enough material to shape into a book. It's not autobiographical or really narrative at all but to me it embodies all the struggle and hustle and learning and mistakes and feeling feelings about trying to do a creative project on your own. And in that way, it ~literally~ changed my life.

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