I want to learn to listen rather than to compulsively assume I know the answers to everything. I believe that there is a way to use my hunger for knowledge and learning to improve the lives of others without becoming a fake answer factory or some bullshit guru. I believe that by letting go of my assumptions I can grow, I can press down the tall grass for others, and that together we can all lay in the fields of rye staring up in awe of the stars and the infinity of space–and each other.
I’ve written a few fairly popular pieces on reading, productivity, and not going paperless for places like Todoist & The Observer. I’ve also had my writing referenced by LifeHacker. I published one book of poetry called Erectile Dysfunction: Stunted Poems of Stilted Emotions.
I’m a writer at heart, a reader in action, and a student in soul. My bookshelves are overly full. I own more books than I have time to read—but despite my eagerness, I know that the value of reading comes from contemplation rather than consumption. That’s why I wrote Read Less, Learn More. And ultimately, that is what lead me to podcasting. I believe I’ve found an intimate way to create from a place of learning rather than a place of feigned knowledge.
Some of my current favorite books are Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Between the World and Me, The Celestine Prophecy, & In Search of Lost Time.
Some of my favorite films are 8 1/2, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Dictator, & Dodes’ka-den.
I’ve played guitar since I was in puberty. I’m ok. I’ve never been in a band. I used to have a terrible voice, but now I sing in the shower. Sometimes I draw, or paint. And I love to play around with photography (especially black & white.)
In another life I might have been a criminal profiler, a jazz drummer, an architect, or a children’s book illustrator.
I don’t participate in social media, so don’t look for me. I put everything I have into writing, making the podcast and doing stuff for my patrons.
Episode | August 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
clarity from impactful work . sharpening the saw . the vulnerability of starting . relationships
Episode | August 7th, 2019 | 12 mins 58 secs
Ted Kennedy's eulogy of his brother Robert
Episode | August 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 43 mins
dreams vs reality . wanting to be remembered . some mistakes can't be fixed . craving what we don't have . how do virtual avatars effect us
Episode | July 31st, 2019 | 2 hrs 15 mins
urinating . misophonia . putting things in writing . cursive for the brain . do we crave from the world what we are lacking in ourselves . genetic attraction & pheromones . sandwich symmetry
Episode | July 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
the price of concerts . taking ownership of projects & goals . the balance between staying afloat today and building a future . talent doesn't make you unique . importance of struggle . don't tell people until you're done . the balance of work and play
Episode | July 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 39 mins
is originality in the movie industry dead . having high expectations of a film . taking a news and social media break . true crime fascination . lots of movie trivia
Episode | July 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 42 mins
reading your old writing . storm area 51??? . amalgum vs amalgamation . waiting for permission . avoiding responsibility
Episode | July 22nd, 2019 | 2 hrs 11 mins
being born in the wrong era . musical scores & jingles . building a personal knowledge management system . tags vs folders . instrumental music
Episode | July 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 48 mins
desert island guitarist . wish I wrote that . personal information management . notebooks . patience with the creative process . desirable difficulty
Episode | July 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 58 mins
going back to doing interviews . film accents . black cinema . the importance of intent . how the nature of conversation has changed
Episode | July 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 48 mins
black metal . lords of the manor . modeling . myspace . ideas of beauty, photoshop, and body image . dealing with depression . time travel
Episode | July 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 21 mins
pain management . working with one hand . guitar speed vs guitar feel
Episode | July 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 51 mins
connections to tv shows . time blocking . direct communication . gamification . auditing yourself . creating with the skill you have now
Episode | July 3rd, 2019 | 41 mins 21 secs
commitment . resistance to authenticity . comparing yourself to great artists
Episode | July 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 59 mins
accepting new identities . validation seeking . facing something daunting
Episode | June 26th, 2019 | 2 hrs 54 secs
patreon mind-set . deep fakes . the blockchain