Shane Koyczan “To This Day” Help this message have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. Please share generously.… Read More

Those who have spent any time with me know know that I draw a great deal from the life and the writing of David Foster Wallace. Without him ever knowing me, our lives became intertwined the day he committed suicide. The particulars of those events are relevant for this little story. What is important is… Read More

I talk about Tigger oftentimes in my classes. Without a doubt, it’s one of my students’ favorite lectures. It’s always fun to see #tigger fill my Twitter stream as they face adversity. It reminds me that words can change everything and stories have a power greater than anything else in the universe. But it’s important,… Read More

I love this idea: Do Not Try To Win Awards. This is a message that I hammer home to my students, and one they will all be receiving again in the very near term. Do not try to win awards. Awards are given by those who want to validate what they already hold to be… Read More

A decade has passed since that awful day on September 11, 2001. In terms of your memory, that’s a long time. The major moments tend to stick, but the bits and pieces of it all flitter away into the mind, gone from most purposeful thought. What it leaves, though, is a filtered version of the… Read More

I met this dude in 1996, the year I rolled into Austin. We worked together at Trudy’s. We also became best friends over a bottle of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey while discussing how we’d ended up in Austin. The short story: the women we’d been with decided to not be with us. Good enough: we bonded… Read More

I’ve been thinking about anonymity quite a bit for the last few months. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed the end of privacy. At this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Conference, 4Chan CEO Chris Poole disputed that nothing, saying  anonymity is fundamental to digital life. The U.S. government has spend more than a decade looking for… Read More

In less than a month, seven former students will publish a book of essays. I’ve written about this and until the book is done there’s not much more to say on that matter. But their project inspired yet another lecture in my classes today, one that I hadn’t intended on giving. That’s rare these days… Read More