How Our Parents Deconstruct Us

How Our Parents Deconstruct Us

How is it that the only time I become self-conscious about wearing a hat is when my father’s around? It makes no sense. I’ve been wearing suits, whenever I leave the house, for years, and hats—German Mayser fedoras—since last autumn. It’s the kind of outfit that makes...
Looking For a Way to Enjoy Writing Well

Looking For a Way to Enjoy Writing Well

I want to write. Write well and enjoy doing it. But writing well and enjoyment don’t exactly go hand in hand. Not for me, at least. The more I learn about writing, the more difficult it becomes. Each book on the craft that I read feels like opening a can of worms....
The Productivity Experiment (Week #3 & #4 Results)

The Productivity Experiment (Week #3 & #4 Results)

Each day, for the last month, I only worked until I got restless or distracted. So a couple of hours at most. And that’s it. No procrastination, no vegging out waiting for inspiration to return, nothing. Only a couple of hours of highly focused work each day,...
Is Writing for Pleasure Doing it Wrong?

Is Writing for Pleasure Doing it Wrong?

For the longest time, I was convinced that anyone writing for pleasure is doing it wrong. Or, at least, has never learned what it means to write well. Good writing can be devilishly tricky to get right because to write well, you need to translate your stream of...
Would a Universe Without Free Will Give Us More Freedom to Act?

Would a Universe Without Free Will Give Us More Freedom to Act?

The existence of free will is a hotly debated topic among scientists and philosophers. So far, it has neither been proved nor disproved. The discussion often boils down to the following question: Are there any truly random events in nature?  Their existence would...