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 | March 1st, 2017 | 1 hr 37 mins
not being ready . finding grains . ideas vs execution
Episode | February 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 49 mins
what does your character want . reducing options . important things first
Episode | February 2nd, 2017 | 1 hr 24 mins
his voice . contradicting himself . never pulling back the curtain
Episode | January 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 40 mins
friendship with patrick stewart . getting better with age . acting as identity
Episode | December 6th, 2016 | 1 hr 29 mins
collaboration as experimentation . the death of his son . hidden complexity
Episode | November 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 29 mins
book count . the great explainer . the laws of robotics
Episode | September 20th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
creating as a journey . diving into the unconscious . thick beauty
Episode | August 17th, 2016 | 1 hr 23 mins
investigating your own mind . turning things on their head . building from images
Episode | June 6th, 2016 | 1 hr 3 mins
neglecting a novel . performer psychology . lack of feedback
Episode | May 30th, 2016 | 1 hr 16 mins
time capsules of influence . mix tapes vs playlists . maxed workloads
Episode | May 23rd, 2016 | 1 hr 10 mins
using dreams . assimilating influences . reading in translation
Episode | May 16th, 2016 | 1 hr 33 mins
simplicity vs features . channel capacity . bad comic movies
Episode | May 9th, 2016 | 1 hr 28 mins
pc anger . the future of streaming . the marvel cinematic universe
Episode | May 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 33 mins
role playing characters . speech as an interface . adult cartoons
Episode | April 25th, 2016 | 1 hr 42 mins
seasonal affective disorder . the promises of technology . feature addiction
Episode | April 18th, 2016 | 1 hr 35 mins
monopolies . note apps . setting things up