When Good Men Do Bad Things

When Good Men Do Bad Things

“Do you trust yourself?” the therapist asked me a few months back. I considered the question. “It depends,” I admitted after a long pause.

It seems axiomatic to me that good people do bad things, selfish things, stupid things, ignorant things. Some of what’s happened with the #metoo movement is proof positive of this, at least those cases that aren’t about rape, assault, or a gross abuse of power (and expectations of immunity).

So what happens when a good person does a bad thing?

* Published in "The Good Men Project"

Treat Your Creativity Like a Blue-Collar Job

Many aspiring writers view their creativity through a lens of sacredness or specialness or inspiration. As in, “This is my sacred craft,” or, “I’m an important person, a special person, and I have something important to share with the world," or, "I need to cultivate my inspiration."

This is the kind of self-important chatter that will leave you with writer’s block so thick it feels like a 2-ton rock sitting on your chest. 

The Man Who Stood in the Corner

The Man Who Stood in the Corner

People know me these days as a pretty outgoing guy who enjoys parties, has given more than a few public readings of his books, and recently split his pants dancing at a friend’s wedding. I have a successful business that has me putting myself out there in dozens of ways every month, from webinars to chatting with strangers.

But things weren’t always this way. 

* Published in "The Good Men Project

The Future of Art & Art Criticism

The Future of Art & Art Criticism

Art struggles in our postmodern world, where genius has been pronounced dead and mediocrity and irony congratulate one another on their empty existence. A trip to a modern museum of art leaves most of us scratching our heads in confusion.

Cutting-edge art and literature have lost their power over our collective imaginations because they can no longer speak for us in any meaningful way. Art has become an inside joke about an inside joke that fewer and fewer people are interested in hearing. Here's where it might all be heading. 

* Published in Integral World