Bed Shopping & Self-Loathing With Jonathan Ames
There are only a few careers that can be launched over a campfire in a New Hampshire artist colony. Luckily for Jonathan Ames, storytelling is among them. Though--as the author, storyteller and creator of “Bored to Death” discussed in his Big Think interview--finding inspiration in the New England woods is not nearly as unlikely as the muse for his early novels: evenings in Times Square alternating between bouts in the boxing ring and beers in a transvestite bar.
As Ames goes on to explain, these transient obsessions are nothing new, and from his great-aunt to illusory self-images, they are woven throughout his oeuvre.
Ames also remarked on the seemingly lackluster changes brought about by his recent involvement in television; he’s recognized more, swapped his twelve-year-old bed for a new one, but, alas, life’s problems, a lingering sense of self-loathing and a long-hardened urge toward frugality remain.
Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.
- Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
- One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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