Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should...– Kurt Vonnegut
Writing: Point of View
No one in the world looks at things exactly how you do. Your perspective is the most valuable thing you have to offer. Make it your weapon. Learn to channel it on command. Sharpen it. Practice with it. And be always ready. The amount of things you can say is infinite. And no one will ever put them exactly how you do. If you aren’t using your point of view right now, it’s a waste. But...
Writing: What is 'Voice'?
Voice is the ability to channel your personality into writing. If you are reading something, and it feels like someone is talking to you. That is voice. Basically the writing has to make you feel something. Does it make you laugh? Does it make you feel passionate? Does it anger you? Inspire you? If you are ‘moved’ by a piece of writing, then it contains the author’s voice....
What is the definition of Linsanity?
Linsanity is not Jeremy Lin. Linsanity is not a nickname, meme or trending topic. Linsanity is something much bigger: Linsanity is unexpected human triumph. Linsanity is the dream we all have that talent is more important than systems, politics, connections or The so-called Man. Linsanity is when the establishment is profoundly shaken. Linsanity is when Spike Lee and a grandmother in Pasadena...
Dear Super Bowl Advertisements
Dear Super Bowl Advertisements, I have witnessed the pinnacle of athletic achievement and during the commercial breaks I have learned more about the subtle nature of mankind. I have reinvisoned America and reconsidered my choice in carbonated beverages. My soul was stirred by dancing babies. My spirit lifted by CG explosions. My thought leavened by scantilly clad women promising eternal domain...
“BIG” HANK BRICKLAW: ART COACH.
(Originally published by McSweeney’s Internet Tendency:) What was that out there? You call that a circle? It looked more like a soggy donut dipped in weak, watery coffee from some generic New England diner with abrasive neon lighting like they have at the DMV. Is that what you want to evoke with your painting? Because that is what people will see. You’ve gotta want that circle. You’ve...
'Pinterest is only for women.'
I’m getting tired of this narrative that says Pinterest is a social media platform for women. Pinterest, like any social media site is primarily an empty vessel. If a bunch of gear heads would have broken into Pinterest first, then I’m sure all these trend spotting articles would claim it’s a social media site for car guys. Why is a site where you can post any image you want...
The People's Republic of Google
I like thinking of the Internet as a series of countries. There is the People’s Republic of Google who weave their own propaganda and publicly wave banners that read ‘Don’t be evil.’ There is the Commonwealth of Facebook presided over by Supreme Chancellor Zuck the First. Then there are a bunch of rebels and misfits running around on Tumblr, thinking they’re freedom...