Shoutout: The Alabaster Girl, by Zan Perrion

Shoutout: The Alabaster Girl, by Zan Perrion

Sit back and relax… I will sing you the song of women. What women? you ask. All women, I answer. Even me? you ask. Especially you, I answer. And what will you sing to me? you ask. Ah, my love, I will sing to you of hidden truths Yes, hidden truths and secret secrets… —Zan Perrion, The Alabaster Girl Every once in a while, you come across a book that metaphorically smacks you over the head, a book that wakes you up like a bucket of ice water being thrown on…

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

What mental image does the word ‘Zen’ invoke in your mind? Japanese monks meditating peacefully by a waterfall? Daily blogs with vanilla platitudes about serenity? Surreal news clips at the end of The Daily Show? How about this instead: A rich school of teachings that are just as relevant today as they were millennia ago. Sure, a 1,500-year-old offshoot of a 3,000-year-old world religion sounds daunting. It never spawned on my PokéRadar, that’s for sure. Were it not for the subject of today’s shoutout, it probably never would have. Zen…

Shoutout: New Game +, by Dr. Nerdlove

Shoutout: New Game +, by Dr. Nerdlove

If it wasn’t obvious from my recommended blogs widget, I’m a huge fan of Harris O’Malley, AKA Dr. Nerdlove (who is not a real doctor). Before I ever floated the idea of spouting anime-inspired philosophy and motivational platitudes at nerds though, I voraciously devoured his content. He challenged (and changed) my perspective on the dreaded Friend Zone, the platonic backdoor friendship gambit (better known as ‘Nice Guys’), toxic masculinity, and numerous other topics that make men look like clueless Slowpokes at best and borderline predators at worst. When I first…

Shoutout: Chalene Johnson’s PiYo

Shoutout: Chalene Johnson’s PiYo

It’s no secret that I am a fitness junkie. After being the pudgy kid for sixteen years, I took up running on the treadmill my sophomore year of high school and exercise has been a consistent part of my life ever since. Hell, my parents even first met at a gym, so you could say I was destined for it. Fitness is one of my core drivers in my journey down the Way of the Spiral. Because of my work schedule and the fact I lost free access to a…

Shoutout: The Nerdist Way, by Chris Hardwick

Shoutout: The Nerdist Way, by Chris Hardwick

Since beginning this blog, I’ve taken up reading more self improvement books and hell, just more reading in general (which is self improvement in itself). I’m sure my Kindle loves the attention after collecting dust for two years. The intention was to learn some things for myself but also to currate helpful recommendations for the blog’s readers. These posts won’t neccessarily be critiques of the books in question, but more like examinations and distillations. I’ll start it off with the second-most-recent book I read: The Nerdist Way, by comedian and…