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8/9/2022
20 : 54

How you lead your life is a piece of art so really everybody’s an artist

Thoughts on being an artist, the ways imperfection embodies beauty, algorithm slavery, the value of writing partners, and more. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
8/3/2022
18 : 54

Pay it backward 🔙✊

Rick Rubin with Johnny Cash. François Truffaut with Alfred Hitchcock. Quentin Travolta with John Travolta. An examination of the artistic version of paying respect to your elders. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
7/27/2022
14 : 14

My Instagram Reel just went viral (1.3M views). Here's why that sucks.

"You get into comedy to make people laugh. Yet online, a successful joke is one that makes people fight." ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
7/19/2022
14 : 24

Everything is bad everywhere all at once. How is that even possible? 🤔

On the economy, kitchen appliances, The Bear, hero pvssy, Change.org petitions, sex workers, and lots more. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
7/12/2022
22 : 44

Land acknowledgements are performative bullsh*t

You can steal something or not steal it; but don't steal it and then walk around announcing that you stole it like that somehow makes it all better. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
7/5/2022
19 : 4

Best Rubesletters of 2022 so far

On therapy, online dating, wabi sabi, abortion, George Carlin, art, psychedelics, and more. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
6/28/2022
15 : 24

The six best curmudgeons to follow on Instagram 😤

Get a respite from all the enthusiasm and “inspiration” that dominates the 'Gram. Viva crustiness! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
6/21/2022
20 : 34

I live next to the largest mass grave in America – and it's delightful

Inside: Quick quips, a rant about Elon, a photo essay/deep dive on the largest mass grave in America (also my neighborhood park), and interesting quotes on entrepreneurship, strangers, and Buddhism. ‌
6/17/2022
2 : 19

Wabi Sabi is rock 'n roll 👘🤘

The mistakes are the interesting parts. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
6/7/2022
21 : 34

The magic of "I appreciate you" 🪄

People are desperately craving something you can give them for free. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
5/31/2022
17 : 34

15 more lessons on creating like George Carlin

Part 2: Challenge everything. Reinvent yourself. Look closely at language. Pay attention to rhythm. Embrace aging. And more! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
5/25/2022
15 : 44

15 lessons in comedy creativity from George Carlin

In the words of Carlin, Bill Burr, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Roseanne Barr, etc. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
5/17/2022
17 : 34

When my mom told me about her abortion

1 in 3 American women will have terminated a pregnancy by age 45. My mom wanted me to know she was one of them. On secrets, shame, and abortion. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
5/10/2022
20 : 14

Skeptics aren’t welcome in the Land of Big Numbers™️ 🤔

Subscribers. Followers. Views. Valuations. Am I really supposed to believe any of 'em? ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
5/5/2022
23 : 4

🍄 Something's off with how we talk about psychedelics

It doesn't have to be all microdosing, mental health, and big business. There's also room for a little bit of wild. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
4/26/2022
17 : 44

A message to Elon Musk’s numbskull fanbois

On Twitter's Muskover, Netflix running ads, CNN-, and how nothing makes sense anymore. Also: Dems love losing, Christopher Hitchens, hippies vs. rednecks, Funny How launches, wokefishing, and more.
4/19/2022
15 : 44

Under the bug 🐞

I've got Covid, my building's under construction, and I may be losing it. Also, vegan cacio e pepe, the RTO conundrum, passive income, the orangutan effect, and the reverse golden rule. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
4/6/2022
18 : 34

🟥 His and Hers

A look back at the two biggest influences on my life. Also: Tiny Putin, more on "the slap," Kurt Cobain, Morgan Housel, the history of magic, and more. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
3/30/2022
16 : 24

🟥 Fame is a form of mental illness

The "slap in the face" Oscars was the perfect collision of narcissism, ego, victimhood, and fame. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
3/22/2022
18 : 44

"Time spent on app" and what it's doing to our minds

We're not playing the game, the game is playing us. Also: Vampire capitalists, St. Patrick's Day in New England, suspense vs. surprise, and more. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌