Men + Myself + God

Tag: writing

For JD Salinger…and the rest of us.

by P. Braithwaite


An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. – JD Salinger

On a whim, I watched the JD Salinger documentary last night and, when it was over, I cried for a little while. I’m not sure why. There wasn’t one particular scene that did me in. I didn’t realize I was sad until it was over. For better or worse, I’m an American fiction writer, and that makes JD Salinger a friend (in my head).

Plus , I (like every other American teen) discovered my discontent in Holden Caulfield’s angst.

Art is lonely and scary…and sad. And, up until last night, I was harboring the hope that the loneliness goes away, that the loneliness maybe comes from being obscure. I thought the loneliness could be cured with publishing credits or a three book deal. I thought the loneliness went away when The New Yorker thinks your great, or your mentors finally tell you you’re the shit.

The Catcher in the Rye inspired three separate murderers. I can’t imagine how devastating that must be. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m a Coaching School Drop Out (You Should Hire Me)

by P. Braithwaite


I went to my first Health and Wellness Expo a few months ago in Sayreville, New Jersey where I met a really nice social worker who was also a relationship coach. We chatted for a bit about mindfulness and such, and then she glanced at my bio and asked the dreaded question:

“Where did you get your training?”

“Oh, I studied at NYU.”

Ironically, no potential client has ever asked this question. I answered. She nodded in approval, but inside my soul farted a little…

I studied at NYU, but I didn’t finish; I’m not gonna lie, I felt like the whole coaching program was kinda bullsh*t. Very very very expensive bullsh*t.

Before I move forward, let me back track.

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Everything means something (lorem ipsum).

by P. Braithwaite

Everything means something. I believe this.

Those of you who are even moderately familiar with layout and design, have probably seen filler text. It’s basically text that graphic designers plug into their designs in an effort to make the layout appear realistic. This text almost always starts with the phrase: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…

Well, for some ungodly reason, as I was toiling with my WordPress layout, I decided to find out what the Lorem Ipsum text actually means.

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