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PONDERING CALLIOPE’S NEMESIS, MY ASTARETH…

October 12th, 2017

I’ve had a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse on my desk for several weeks. I came upon the story after reading an old essay by Oliver Burkeman: On being tempted by the call of the perverse. The piece is eight years old, but I recently finished reading Burkeman’s older essays […]

WELCOME TO MY WRITING SPACE…

August 1st, 2017

I recently purchased Gavin Aung Than’s In The Mood For Work to add to the walls above my typewriter. When I placed the order, Gav asked me to share a photo that he could post on his Instagram page. While I’m certainly far from the company of those that The Guardian has chosen to feature […]

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WRITER’S NOTEBOOK…

May 4th, 2017

The one piece of advice I would offer to any writer would be to record every thought you can in a series of analog notebooks that you will be able to reference throughout your life. In reading Charles Johnson’s The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling I came across […]

THE BLANK PAGE IS ALSO TERRIFYING/TERRIFIED…

August 23rd, 2016

MEET KURT HUMMEL’S DAD ON STEROIDS…

August 2nd, 2016

This Dad… (Oh, and the dog? Perfection.)

WE MUST BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT…

December 15th, 2015

Or, as Cable sang to us…

I’M THINKING A LOT ABOUT FEAR THIS MORNING…

September 27th, 2015

JUST HOW HEAVY IS YOUR SLEDGE…?”

August 19th, 2015

—from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam, p. 175 Gavin Aung Than writes: Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) was a scientist, aeronautical engineer, writer, and the 11th President of India, serving from 2002-2007. During his decorated 40-year scientific career, Kalam pioneered India’s space, missile and nuclear programs, earning him the […]

THE WALLS HAVE BEEN REBUILT, EVEN HIGHER…

August 5th, 2015

And I know now that I was right. But it takes a lot of telling to make a city know when it is doing wrong. However, that was what I was there for. When it didn’t seem to help, I would go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred […]

YOUR MOURNED AND MISPLACED CREATIVITY IS…?

July 23rd, 2015

I firmly believe that getting a four-year (or six-year) education in Journalism or Writing is time and effort better spent elsewhere. If my graduate self could have had a beer or two with my new freshman self the single piece of advice I would have imparted was that a good editor can teach you all […]

WHEN THE ALTERNATIVE IS MORE TELEVISION…?

July 23rd, 2015

Gav writes: James Rhodes is a British concert pianist. Largely self-taught, Rhodes has released five best-selling albums and is known for his refreshing performances that ignore the usual formality and tradition of classical music. Rhodes never performs in a suit, holds his concerts in non-traditional venues and entertains the crowd with stories about famous composers […]

A PATH THROUGH THE ZOMBI APOCALYPSE…

May 21st, 2015

IF YOU’RE NOT LEARNING YOUR DYING…

February 24th, 2015

WHAT AM I MEANT TO BE DOING…?

December 8th, 2014

GAVIN AUNG THAN AT WDS 2014…

October 31st, 2014

Gavin Aung Than at WDS 2014 from Chris Guillebeau on Vimeo. Gavin Aung Than is the creator of Zen Pencils, and told his story about a leap of faith from a day job to pursue creative fulfillment. The World Domination Summit is a worldwide gathering of creative, unconventional people. Every summer, the group descends on […]

SO, HOW DO WE FIX THIS…?

October 11th, 2014

JUST START IN TO SING…

September 10th, 2014

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done      But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin      On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he […]

WHEN DEMOCRATS STOOD UP…

August 20th, 2014

TAKING THE PISS

July 2nd, 2014

FOR MY (ALL) STUDENTS…

June 16th, 2014

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