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 | June 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 31 secs
permission . embracing fear and discomfort . the love of talking
Episode | June 19th, 2019 | 2 hrs 15 mins
pipes & bidets . douche bros . the murder of lauren mccluskey . cbd
Episode | June 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 54 mins
login with apple . becoming more authentic . re-reading murakami . lies and necessary assumptions
Episode | June 12th, 2019 | 2 hrs 8 mins
battling the heat . the hateful eight . incels & plastic surgery
Episode | June 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 44 mins
the failures of supergirl . polarization and the 2020 election . reducing tv overload . defining authenticity
Episode | June 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
digital dispossession . memory . how experience shapes us . creating space in our minds
Episode | May 29th, 2019 | 2 hrs 16 mins
accommodation and expectation . educating your ignorance . civic responsibility
Episode | May 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 22 mins
the twilight state of consciousness . influence groups . existential crisis . understanding why
Episode | May 22nd, 2019 | 2 hrs 14 mins
internet whining . amateurs on stage . underwear . being a witness
Episode | May 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 56 mins
repressing anger . breaking up with amazon . reconcidering reading . the tranformative power of long walks
Episode | May 13th, 2019 | 2 hrs 12 mins
too many damn video games . director's commentary. david vs bruce . who is tom
Episode | May 6th, 2019 | 2 hrs 5 mins
people who make you take off your shoes . too many streaming channels . small reading victories
Episode | April 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 53 mins
changing your values . rise of skywalker . cognitive distortion . middle ground of scandal
Episode | April 22nd, 2019 | 41 mins 3 secs
fiction, short story
a short story by chad hall
Episode | April 15th, 2019 | 2 hrs 14 mins
jim balsillie and the quayside project . was hitler domino . jordan peterson
Episode | April 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 42 mins
brexit, england, james bond, politics, social media
brexit . not knowing your friend's political stances . social media . the apple podcast charts