Fishing for a Glimpse of Meaning

Fishing for a Glimpse of Meaning

In real life, the grand chain of events goes more or less like this: And then, and then, and then. Though our experience of time is linear, the story of our life tends to be anything but. It is, instead, made up of lots of unrelated points. In storytelling, on the...
The Four-Year Concert

The Four-Year Concert

Picture a stage. In the limelight, a podgy child—black suit, red tie, blond hair—sits on a stool in front of a rare white Steinway grand piano. For the past four hours, the child has done nothing but struck the rickety D2 key, loosening it further with each keystroke....
Learn How to Finish and When to Move On

Learn How to Finish and When to Move On

“Learn how to finish” is among the best pieces of advice anyone can give you, right next to, “Done is better than perfect.” A realized prototype full of flaws is ten times better than a flawless concept endlessly debated. Only when you can see something tangible can...
Speaking the Lost Vocabulary of Hardship

Speaking the Lost Vocabulary of Hardship

Cancer is no flu. It can kill you. No matter how obvious that sounds, the moment it becomes about you or someone dear to you, the trivial truth becomes taboo. Why though? There’s nothing unnatural or inherently evil about cancer and death. Yes, it tends to derail your...
A Work In Progress is the Death of an Idea

A Work In Progress is the Death of an Idea

I started collecting my ideas when I was about fourteen. Back then, I had enough energy to think that if I didn’t write something down, I might forget it. This was important because The Plan was to make everything happen.  So, I collected ideas for books,...
You Work With What You Have

You Work With What You Have

I realize that some of my essays have gotten pretty grim as of late. My parents, who occasionally read my blog, are probably terrified to see me exploring such difficult themes. But what—as I increasingly find myself asking—am I supposed to write about, if not cancer...
7 Cardinal Sins of Bad Writing

7 Cardinal Sins of Bad Writing

In real life, people listen to you talk because they like you—or because you tell great stories, but that’s kind of one and the same. When you have the ear of someone who enjoys your company, they nod a lot, ask all the right questions, and keep giving you signals...
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