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How I Found the Cure for Being an Asshole.

For the past couple decades I’ve had a serious problem. My entire life and the totality of my self-worth was fully dependent on how many people clicked through to read and share my writing on the Internet. It consumed me. I ignored my family. I was a bad dad. I was a bad friend.

All I did was sit by my goddamn laptop and watch my writing internet stats. Watching and waiting. Watching and waiting for those little, fleeting boosts of dopamine that made my life worthwhile. I lived at the intersection of addiction and a cult; both dealer and consumer; cult leader and follower. In short, I was an asshole.

Well, here’s some good news: I’m cured.

How did I do it? I got together with my friend Phil Bronstein and we started up a new podcast called What Hurts: Worrying About News Since 2015.

Forget those other two decades of content. This is the the thing now. I almost never sit by my goddamn laptop watching my writing stats, because now I’m too busy refreshing my podcast stats. And I think it’s made me a better person, a better parent, and an entirely different kind of asshole.

So listen in. Share the friggin’ thing. Get in on it now so you can say you listened before the show goes viral and you’re like, “Oh I used to know Dave Pell…” and people are like, “Dude, seriously. Fuck you and your silly lies.”

Below is our latest episode: Keeping it Unreal. And Here’s our remarkably lovely new homepage with links to iTunes, etc. And here it is on Overcast. Check it out. I’ll be watching.

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