Aristotle, Enthymemes, And The Secret Formula of Spongebob Memes

This year, I read the classic book Rhetoric by the Ancient Greek intellectual Aristotle. This is the foundational text for persuasion and rhetoric. It has the whole “logos, pathos, ethos” thing that we learned in middle school.  But there was one concept that Aristotle mentions at length, which he called enthymemes… Which explains ALL of … Continue reading Aristotle, Enthymemes, And The Secret Formula of Spongebob Memes

How 3 Articles Make Me Over $1000 of Passive Income Every Month

As I write this in June 2022, I’m sitting in a cafe in Bologna, Italy. My Airbnb costs less than I make per day in passive income from affiliate commissions. About 50% of this passive income comes from just three articles I wrote between February and March of 2022. My cappuccino will probably get paid … Continue reading How 3 Articles Make Me Over $1000 of Passive Income Every Month

How to Learn a Language in 203 Easy Steps (What They Don’t Teach in School)

First, your dad won’t teach you, even though Spanish is his first language. You’ll hear him use it with his parents, your grandparents, who you can hardly communicate with. Your grandfather, who you call “Ito” because you won’t be able to say “abuelito,” will drive with you and your dad to all of your sports … Continue reading How to Learn a Language in 203 Easy Steps (What They Don’t Teach in School)

April 2022 Newsletter: How Word Choice Influences Policy and The Power of Personal Essays

Note: This originally appeared in newsletter form. I send these out monthly to my list. If you'd like to receive emails like this that will help you become a better reader, learner, and thinker, then subscribe here. Wow. Here we are. We did it. An email list. This is the inaugural email. Let’s get right … Continue reading April 2022 Newsletter: How Word Choice Influences Policy and The Power of Personal Essays

Indistractable by Nir Eyal: Book Review and Takeaways

Preface: The impetus for this article (and if I’m being honest, the reason I read the book in the first place) comes from one of my favorite newsletters of late, 1729, which pays out readers in crypto (like me) to accomplish tasks (like this one.) “It’s due in 52 minutes.” “Well, how many words do … Continue reading Indistractable by Nir Eyal: Book Review and Takeaways

Pre-Information: The Essential Step to Rapid Learning

(Spoiler alerts for The Karate Kid (1984) but if you’ve had over thirty years to watch it so I don’t know what else to tell you.)  “Hey Sensei, is there any way in particular you want me to wash these windows?” “No, I don’t give a fuck.” shouts Sensei Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai … Continue reading Pre-Information: The Essential Step to Rapid Learning

Beach Dancing: What Hank Moody Misunderstood About Los Angeles

What happens when a lifelong east coaster jets away on the cross country plane from New York’s gridlocked, focused streets to the city of supposed angels? I found it to be every bit as frustrating as New Yorkers say it is. And as awesome (the 18th-century meaning) as adopted Californians insist.  A few months ago, … Continue reading Beach Dancing: What Hank Moody Misunderstood About Los Angeles

My Favorite Published Articles of 2020

Man, what a year. I don't have to say anything else, because we all know what a shitshow 2020 has been. But I will say more, because I like writing things. 2020 has been a strange, heart-breaking, eye-opening year. It’s been a year marked with immense difficulties for nearly everyone. And it’s also one where … Continue reading My Favorite Published Articles of 2020

The Chess Bug: Life Lessons Learned Through Chess

I’m staring down at the rickety wooden table covered by 64 squares and 32 pieces in Chess Forum, New York’s iconic old-school chess parlor. Located in Greenwich Village, just blocks from Washington Square Park. The whole parlor has that “old book smell,” the smell that makes you wonder who else has wandered the same room. … Continue reading The Chess Bug: Life Lessons Learned Through Chess