Paranoia. Fear's illegitimate child. Or as celebrities call it, child. We are afraid of the unknown so we begin to fill the emptiness with the worst possibilities. Knowing, however frightening the facts, gives us comfort. But in order to know, we have replaced real fears with imaginary certainties. Les Misérables. On the outside, the paranoid … Continue reading How to get rid of fear
Fourteen years ago, Sir Ken Robinson took the TED stage to answer the question the greatest writers have grappled with: "How to get a book deal?" The answer: Give a great TED talk. Sir Ken has given the greatest TED talk by various interweb estimates and the question he really asked was this: Do schools … Continue reading What kills creativity?
I have cracked the habits to become a famous artist. Get drunk a lot. Make sure you are in a state of constant physical pain. Be wretchedly unhappy. Feel lonely to the bone. Bleed out your emotions, twice a day. Die. Someday after you are gone, your work will be discovered, introduced to the world … Continue reading How to waste time like a billionaire
No one's here.That doesn't scare me.It scares me to think someone may be.Every noise: the slow rustle, the distant cacophony, my own.Every movement: the bending light, the unstill water, my own.You there, unknown? It gives me a strange comfort to fear the unknown.It's my only companion.I let the noise stay:I am here. I am here.I … Continue reading Unknown & you
You know how everything's dual and stuff? Life's got death. Known's got unknown. Light's got darkness. I have this girlfriend. We see dualities cracking up all around us. For every sensitive human making the world better, there's a shithead making life difficult for everyone. For the angelic truth-teller, there's the lying devil. For an Einstein … Continue reading The middle path
What's a good point to run out of patience? Bad question. Who is a good point to run out of patience? There's a kind of question that brings Wren & Martin out of the closet. Our patience levels differ measurably by people. Kids are the undisputed champions of patience tests. You have this rage building … Continue reading Wait man — Or the tireless virtue of patience
Writing advice. Every writer's excuse to not write. At some point in the life of a writer s/he is hard-pressed to give out advice on writing. It speaks both of the delusion and desperation that is inherent to the art. First off, I have no intention to establish authority. I have none. If the number … Continue reading How to write
"Other people are hell." I didn't say that. Existential perfumer Jean-Paul Sartre did. I share the deep sentiment though. As an introvert, the ideology that hell is other people is my core value. But as far as core values go it's as deep as -- I only use a mac. Whether you like it or … Continue reading How to stop other people from caring about what you think
When was the last time you did something and told yourself you should do this more often because you had fun doing it and then a year goes by and you do the thing again and tell yourself I really should do this more often and then a few more years go by and you … Continue reading What’s so funny?
Success begets success. We share an illusion that successful people know what they are doing with their lives. Which explains their I-know-what-I-am-talking-about confidence. And our incredulity. It's why we ask the successful what we should be doing with our lives. When we have all the wrong questions, they seem to have all the right answers. … Continue reading A drop in the ocean