Confessions of an Unfamous Rock Star, Part 1: Birthday Call

I love making music, but I've never sold a ton of records or sold out a big venue.  One of the galling things about the music business is that the musicians themselves usually have little business acumen - they're artists, not entrepreneurs. They follow their hearts, not the market.  Ask a successful one how they …

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On Moshing

When Woodstock '94 happened, the San Diego Union-Tribute ran a front-page photo of a rain-drenched kid who looked about 12 in a muddy mosh pit.  This little boy seemed to be caught in the act of being hurled like a discus by the meaty arm of a man twice his size. The look on the …

How to Be More Funny: My 15 Favorite Jokes to Drop in Conversation

Good writers borrow from other writers.  Great writers steal from them outright. I stole that line from Aaron Sorkin and one of his "West Wing" scripts, like I pilfer so much of my sense of humor. I always wanted to make people laugh.  So much of whether or not someone laughs at your jokes depends …

Tina

At 17 I learned to partner-dance, and it was spectacular. It was 1998, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were popular for some reason, and I was friends with a lot of Mormons, so naturally I needed to learn to swing dance. As happens more often you would think, our high school lunch-club of nerds included one …