Why So Many Creatives Have a Background In Advertising (Pressfield)

Steven Pressfield told James Altucher: Advertising teaches you nobody wants to read your shit so you better make it immediately compelling.  He continues (paraphrased): The other thing it teaches you is how to edit. The space has constraints you need to fit in. A 60-second ad goes by FAST.  People romanticize creativity as being willing … Continue reading Why So Many Creatives Have a Background In Advertising (Pressfield)

Sunday Music: Rick Ross “Act A Fool”

I have a thing for the measured slowness of Rick Ross’ flow. I guess I missed “Act a Fool (feat. Wale)” when it came out, but I stumbled across it a few weeks ago and it’s such a vibe. Its tempo and rhythm, vibrating with his “I’m going to unapologetically make this statement for profit,” … Continue reading Sunday Music: Rick Ross “Act A Fool”

Podcast Of The Week: GZA Dropping (Star) Science

I was pretty moved by getting a bunch of messages from people over sharing a GZA reference the other day. It reminded me of this old StarTalk podcast episode where Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks to GZA.  It’s delightfully nerdy. With plenty of Wu, and the always amusing commentary of Tyson, Chuck Nice’s comedic angle, and … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: GZA Dropping (Star) Science

The Time Abe Lincoln’s Step Brother Asked Him For A Loan

Before he was President, Abraham Lincoln’s step-brother wrote him a letter asking for a loan.  The response is worth quoting (emphasis added). : Your request for eighty dollars, I do not think it best, to comply with now. At the various times when I have helped you a little, you have said to me “We … Continue reading The Time Abe Lincoln’s Step Brother Asked Him For A Loan

Podcast Of The Week: Rick Rubin on Cash’s “Hurt”

My buddy Adam K. sent me this clip from Lex Fridman discussing Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Hurt” with Rick Rubin.  They discuss how the lyrics, originally written by a 20-something, are sad but a bit redemptive.  The same poem, when sung by a 70ish-year-old, feels devastating.  It’s an incredible piece of perspective art. Listen to … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rick Rubin on Cash’s “Hurt”