How To Write A Foreword That Disses The Author (McKee vs. Pressfield)

When Steven Pressfield asked Robert McKee to write the foreword to The War of Art, he probably didn’t expect McKee to include a strong disagreement. You know, in the intro of HIS book. But McKee did it.  It makes McKee’s War of Art intro one of my favorite forewords ever, if not the gold standard … Continue reading How To Write A Foreword That Disses The Author (McKee vs. Pressfield)

Sunday Music: Goin’ Down with The Mystery Lights

There’s something about the gravitational pull of a vamp… The Mystery Lights do the Daptone thing. Deftly restrained, kind of soft without being quiet. Pulsing and funky.  “Goin’ Down” is about the resistance to getting pulled down.  The restraint of being restrained.  The looseness of the eventual loss.  It’s a collision of sounds, feelings, and … Continue reading Sunday Music: Goin’ Down with The Mystery Lights

How To Be Authentically Creative (Essay)

This is a collection of recent posts, lightly edited and merged into essay format, on the topic of Authentic Creativity. It was largely inspired by my LifeDesign+ interview on YouTube with Justin Castelli. Justin’s unique ability is to help people organize and simplify their thinking down to the point of action. It’s on full display … Continue reading How To Be Authentically Creative (Essay)

Respectful Disagreement (And Andy Warhol Disses)

We need friends who we both respect AND can disagree with.  Because there’s no growth without resistance.  Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe were that type of friends. They were also upward-bound artists.  Mapplethorpe loved Andy Warhol and wanted to be a part of his scene. Smith didn’t feel the same. But they were still deeply … Continue reading Respectful Disagreement (And Andy Warhol Disses)