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

I Made It To the NHL (well, sort of)

Every hockey player growing up thinks they’ll make it to the NHL.‏‎ ‎I was no different.‏‎ ‎Eventually though, for virtually all of us, that dream recedes as the competitive reality of the hockey world sets in.‏‎ ‎That dream turned out to be not as preposterous as I thought. I’m excited and honored to announce the … Continue reading I Made It To the NHL (well, sort of)

Redefining Emo: Five Years of ‘Life’s Not Out to Get You’

It changed the genre so much, now we call it “pop-punk” What it means to be emo in 2020 has drastically changed since its mainstream peak in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Traditionally characterized by bands like blink-182, My Chemical Romance, and Taking Band Sunday, “emo” music portrayed that it’s okay to be mad … Continue reading Redefining Emo: Five Years of ‘Life’s Not Out to Get You’