Sunday Music: Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy

My brother said the song stopped everyone dead when it came on in the kitchen he works. At the mercy of shuffle mode, his Spotify-shuffle picked out “Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy” from the obscure Vandals album, The Vandals Play Really Bad Original Country Tunes. Understandably, nobody else had ever heard it, and the song … Continue reading Sunday Music: Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy

Most-Read Cultish Creative Posts Of 2021

Welcome to 2022. One cool thing about writing in public is seeing what resonates (and trying to figure out why). Here are the most-read posts of 2021, per the data. What common threads do you see? I’m seeing a lot of lucky catches on searchable quotes and concepts from TV, books, and other media. Hmm. A … Continue reading Most-Read Cultish Creative Posts Of 2021

When Feedback Is Full Of It (With Conan O’Brien)

Conan went from being a writer on SNL and the Simpson’s in his 20s, to taking over for Letterman as he turned 30. Talk about a promotion. No pressure! To make things worse, he wasn’t just filling big shoes, he was also charged by the network to help find a younger audience. That gave him … Continue reading When Feedback Is Full Of It (With Conan O’Brien)

We’re All Telling A Story

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One of the smartest things about Cobra Kai is how it explores different perspectives on the shared events between families, friends, and enemies. The whole show is a reminder that everybody comes to every interaction with their own baggage. In a different medium, Nora Ephron put it like this in Heartburn (Vera is her therapist): … Continue reading We’re All Telling A Story

Sunday Music: Love Myself Better Than You

So what happens when you have to subscribe to yet another streaming service to watch a midweek soccer game, and then partway through a Saturday morning you remember a Super Bowl commercial told you Beavis and Butthead was on said platform, but instead you discover a short list of old MTV Unplugged episodes? You (and … Continue reading Sunday Music: Love Myself Better Than You

Podcast Of The Week: From Anxiety To Productivity With M. Night Shyamalan

Immigrant parents with a survival mindset. The terrifying, anxiety-inducing risks of failure (and not surviving). Why the enjoyment of creating joy is a business opportunity. These are just a few of the ideas in this podcast. I’ve always appreciated M. Night Shyamalan’s work, but this interview gave me a whole new level of respect for … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: From Anxiety To Productivity With M. Night Shyamalan