Cave: I s h m a e lRenaissance: Call me Ishmael.Baroque: My name once was, happens to be, and somehow still is, Ishmael.Cubism: Call me [Ishmael].Classicism: Please, thou can address yours truly, Noble Ishmael.Rococo: The name's Ishmael, Ishmael's the name, name the's Ishmael.Impressionism: For those who think I need an introduction, appelez-moi Ishmae.Expressionism: The self … Continue reading 19 ways to name a baby
There's a GPS-based superstition in my cult. When someone's heading out, you are forbidden from asking them where they are going. It brings them bad luck. I was 8 and a bedwetter when Grandma told me this. She looked at me like I was a serial killer every time I asked the question, so I … Continue reading Where are you going?
What if you had all the money in the world? All the love. The fame. Power. Besides getting a penis extension and a face tattoo, what else would you do? Most of us have the same usual crap bucket: Travel the world, cure a disease, and tell everyone how to live their lives. You can … Continue reading What if
Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you still read blogs.To go ‘er everything happening in my life. The blog’s not supposed to change ya.Because I ain’t done much change myself. All writing is self-help. Except self-help, which we all know is a memoir by philosophy’s pimp.The thing with creativity is … Continue reading The other side
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 written a lot of shit on this blog. Occasionally, I go back to read what I wrote and can't believe myself. And then I throw up. This nauseating ordeal has brought me to this: I am a hypocrite. It's up to you if you want to take what I say here seriously. I … Continue reading It’s good to know you
A painter can paint without a brush. A writer can write without a pen. But take away their suffering and they'll both be paralyzed, inside-out. Maybe it's what wasting your talent, genius and creativity mean -- that you haven't suffered enough. When I started writing, I never got what the superstition around suffering was all … Continue reading When the abyss gazes back
Philosophers sound nervously prophetic. Two thousand years ago, they are going on about how everything is fast-paced, how everyone's running a mindless race and how the next generation thinks out of their arse. They even talk about information overload from other schools of philosophy. Philosopher king Marcus Aurelius was at one point the most powerful … Continue reading Why, God, Why
There's a part of us that wants fame. Despite the meticulous meltdown that's the life of most famous people, our need to trade damage for feeling good remains intact. In that, fame is like a drug. For the longest time, few people had access to it and you could never openly admit you were addicted … Continue reading How to become famous
Vincent van Gogh was an artist. Without further ado, he cut off his own ear. Now, I don't think you care what Van Gogh created. At this point, all you want to hear about is the ear. Rhyme, oxymoron, pun, and callousness all in one sentence -- I am an artist and I know it. … Continue reading Post unimpressed-ionism: the one art movement to end all art movements