“Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people. ”— Alvin Ailey
“There's only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you've got to be kind. ” —Kurt Vonnegut
“Never lose a holy curiosity. ” — Albert Einstein
“The best spiritual instruction is when you wake up in the morning and say, 'I wonder what's going to happen today.' And then carry that kind of curiosity through your life. ”— Pema Chödrön
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. ”— Hunter S. Thompson
“The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is. ”— Bruce Lee
“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. ”— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“If you have been, then continue to and don't even think of stopping. ”— Kurt Vonnegut
How to Dance
I am writing a book about dancing. You've probably heard the saying, "How you do anything is how you do everything". This book is an exploration of everything, through the lense of lindy hop. If you're interested in either lindy hop or everything, you may find this book interesting.
Sometimes I build things out of code. Those things live here.
Lindy hop is a dance form that represents the pinnacle of human creative achievement. A mixture of European partner dancing and African American jazz vernacular, it co-evolved with jazz during the 20s and 30s to create a perfect partnership of dance and music.
I am learning to play the upright bass. It is fucking hard.
In the wake of the election, I have suddenly become a ragingly motivated political activist. I'm still trying to figure exactly where to channel my considerable energy, and I'm trying to balance pressing local issues and desperately important nationwide concerns. Are you ready to join the Jazz Rebellion?
The Human Method
One of the most vital and important things we can do in these dark times is communicate with each other, and I find that is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. Here is a guide I use when talking to people with wildly differing world views.