Lessons I’ve Learned, 1-10

Lesson I’ve Learned #1:  “Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know more and be wiser and stronger, and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit.” -Philip Pullman‍ Lesson I’ve Learned #2: Control freaks want to control everything but the one…

Lessons I’ve Learned, 21-30

Lesson I’ve Learned #21:  I was taught the Feynman Learning Technique in college, it’s worked my whole life: 1. Pick a topic that’s interesting. 2. Ask “Why?” until I get it. 3. Explain it in a story a child understands 4. Fill in gaps I find in my explanation. ‍ Lesson I’ve Learned #22:  The…

Why You Should NOT Go To Law School

At some point in their life, everyone thinks they should go to law school. You may in fact think you want to go to law school now. You’re wrong. I don’t know you, I have no idea what the facts of your life are, but that doesn’t matter, you aren’t the exception: For the overwhelming…

What MDMA Therapy Did For Me

I did MDMA therapy. It was a deeply profound and life-changing experience. I did two treatments, one in early September, another in early October. I would rank it as one of the top 3 most important things I’ve done in my life, at least in terms of my personal development. I’m writing about it because…

How To Deal With Cops

I recently had to do an interview to get a security clearance (it’s not for something cool, unfortunately), and the guy interviewing me–having read my books–was shocked I had such a limited criminal history. He just assumed I’d been arrested countless times and indicted on at least a few of them. Not the case. Don’t…

How to understand college sports

Like most guys, I watch a lot of ESPN. Mainly as background noise. And there is always the on-going debate about various aspects of college sports, like a playoff in football, or paying players, or whatever. But all the analysis misses the point. ALL of it. Let me explain two things that you MUST understand…

If you feel like quitting…

I just came across these rejection letters I got when my book agent, Byrd Leavell and I originally shopped the manuscript for I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell (the tentative title at the time was “Belligerence and Debauchery”). Enjoy: William Morrow Broadway St. Martins Just something to think about: I Hope They Serve Beer…