on stigma and staying afloat

I spent a handful of years as a touring musician. The extent to which I toured was minimal compared to the real ones that have committed to the lifestyle, but nonetheless I made a brief go at it. About halfway through my first tour of any real substance I realized that I hated almost everything…

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jesus didn’t want to be king

The idea that Jesus should be worshiped like a powerful monarch is tired and actually antithetical to everything that he was about. Human beings love having someone or something to worship. It is a way for us to find purpose, a reason to get up in the morning and make it through the day. If…

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beto isn’t punk, he’s just not very relatable

Maybe being cool and being a decent politician are mutually exclusive. If you’ve ever been part of a creative group like a band or artistic project, you probably know that one guy that’s a little different than everyone else. The guy that you look at and think, why is this dude using his time to…

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opinion: nuance matters

All of our disagreements are missing one thing- nuance. What if I were to tell you that I agree with 95% of the stuff you put on your various social media channels? The snarky quips, the political think pieces, the in-depth explanations of why Libertarianism is dystopian bullshit or whatever other really great points you…

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a lifelong obsession with ghosts

I have been haunted for a majority of my life. I’ve talked about it some, but I have mostly just learned to live with the understanding that there are things around me that I can’t understand or control. My first exposure to anything intentionally scary was at a sleepover in elementary school. My friend’s parents…

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everybody loves you when you die

I was at a wonderful museum in Virginia a few weeks ago with my uncle, a guy who has worked in and around the art industry for many years. This place was huge and wild and had everything from a Tiffany glass collection to Warhol to a Rothko that I took a few dorky photos…

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everything is so much dumber than you think

For a hot minute it was very cool to refer to yourself as a nihilist. I’ve done this. In fact I still do this (because I am very cool). At my core, I think that I am mostly a nihilist, and I don’t understand how anyone could look at the world today and feel differently.…

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keep trying- a guide for dads that feel bad all the time

Cliché alert: The day that I met my first child was simultaneously the most amazing and terrifying day of my young life. I had no business being a dad at that point in my life. 24 years old, newly married, stubbornly opposed to exploring reconciliation with my own father… but nonetheless convinced that I could…

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you should suffer more, probably

In doing some reading about wild bullshit theories, I came across one that seems a lot less bullshit-y than the others. The primary idea of this theory is that suffering is unnecessary and that someday we will, through science, make it obsolete. Last week I awoke to my 6 year old son having what seemed…

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i met guy fieri once

Once upon a time I had what seemed to be a promising career in the professional sports industry. Without providing too much detail, at age 24 I applied for a job that I was entirely unqualified for, and ended up getting hired on account of impressing one guy at the interview. That guy was the…

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