What David Foster Wallace Taught Me: Art as an Anesthetic for Loneliness

We’re existentially alone on the planet. I can’t know what you’re thinking and feeling and you can’t know what I’m thinking and feeling. And the very best works construct a bridge across that abyss of human loneliness. David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace wrote that “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that wayContinue reading “What David Foster Wallace Taught Me: Art as an Anesthetic for Loneliness”

A Note on Work, Success, and Survivorship Bias

Coincidentally I’m taking a break from working to write this, but I wanted to get this message down. Essentially, we all have to work in life – well, at least those of us not born into the lucky sperm club – but, even then, there’s a certain brand of satisfaction that comes from working, fromContinue reading “A Note on Work, Success, and Survivorship Bias”

Redefining Forgiveness: Forgiving Others and Letting Go of The Past

Update 11/16/2014: I’ve published a new entry with 5 resources and activities for forgiveness. View it here. Serendipity is one of the few experiences that has given me something akin to palpable spirituality. I need to remind myself of this, because this post isn’t about spirituality or serendipity, but it’s important and it’s meaningful toContinue reading “Redefining Forgiveness: Forgiving Others and Letting Go of The Past”

Why Not You, and Nine Modern Sonnets

Why Not You I’m going to ask you to do me a favor I want you to forget everything you ever knew I want you to imagine that you are brand new to your body, and brand new to your life What does the voice in your head sound like? If it were a person,Continue reading “Why Not You, and Nine Modern Sonnets”