A brief explanation of how a recent Ben Affleck interview with Howard Stern explains everything about today’s media challenges.

During a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show, Ben Affleck spent a lot of time talking about his alcoholism and the poor way he’s handled stress in the past. He…

Humans 101

Technique: Journaling.

Strategy: Completely free yourself from critical restraint and transcribe your disinhibited stream of consciousness. All day and night, jot down whatever idea pops into your head, no matter how immediate, simplistic, vacuous, ridiculous, dim, doltish, absurd, or downright insane it may seem. Let nothing limit the frequency of…

At this year’s Thanksgiving holiday it’s best to avoid certain topics that can lead to anger and arguments. As usual, you should refrain from discussing religion and politics. Also, try to avoid the following:

Football: Gathering around the television to watch the NFL is as American as Apple Pie. So…

Facebook and you.

I couldn’t publish Monday’s edition of NextDraft because I was in the midst of a nearly three day power outage caused by a transformer that was no match for the combo atmospheric river and bomb cyclone that rolled through town. It took my always-on, internet-dependent family about…

You Talk Too Much

Hush. Shush. Give it a rest. Put a cork in it. Dummy up. Don’t speak. Shut your trap. Pipe down. Can it. Hold your tongue. Keep mum. Put a sock in it. Button your lip. Stop speaking. Take the fifth. Cut the chatter. In short, STFU…

Back to where it all began.

Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged. But before you go, be sure to pack sunscreen and a plenty of water. It turns out that the cradle of civilization is barely habitable. WaPo takes you back where civilization emerged between…

On Facebook’s New Name

Once, when I was at Beyonce concert, she was hoisted from the main stage and placed on a round platform in the middle of the crowd where she performed the song, Say My Name. At one point, she paused, held the microphone towards a guy pressed…

Today’s top story from NextDraft

Can you learn to be a master at something by getting advice from a master? In some ways, that’s the promise of the increasingly popular Masterclass, where folks who are great at things share some of their pro tips. It’s like Cameo for A-listers. “Wayne…

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