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Writing and the Pursuit of a Woman

i watched a movie called “Right Kind of Wrong” today. The movie wasn’t great but this quote was pretty great:

"Writing and the pursuit of a woman are never about immediate results. What they are about is telling the truth, and hoping like hell she’ll hear you."

twloha:

Last April, author David Kuo, a friend of our founder Jamie, passed away. This week, Jamie and another friend had a unique moment to remember him.

i had the privilege of introducing David Kuo to Kyle Korver a couple years back. Kyle was and is a professional athlete. He plays in the NBA. David was a gifted writer who worked in the White House and went on to write books. He was now fighting brain cancer, and had been for nearly a decade. i had already made plans to have lunch w/ David in Charlotte when i found out Kyle was in town for a game. i told David that the three of us should have lunch. He was not happy. “I don’t want to meet your NBA friend,” he said. “I’m not impressed by that. And I got my daughter out of school to see you.” I told David that his daughter was welcome to come to lunch - I had no reason to believe that Kyle hated children. This was classic David: sensitive, emotional, honest. David kicked and screamed but came to lunch and of course they had a great conversation and became great friends. The three of us would go to Vegas together, and New York. David stayed w/ Kyle in California and Kyle visited him in North Carolina. The three of us became something of a trio, something real and deep, fueled by David’s questions and encouragement. We laughed a lot as well, and we ate sushi like it was going out of style. Last year, Kyle gave David a jersey exactly like the one he wears in NBA games. The only difference was that Kyle added a U to his last name so that it began “KUO” - David’s last name. The idea was actually mine, and i thought it was the coolest thing in the world. David died in April. He was absolutely one of a kind. In some ways, he was the best friend I’ve ever had. He was easily the most encouraging voice in my life and he taught me so much about love and honesty and friendship. Tonight, after the game in Orlando, Kyle handed me this jersey. There isn’t much “stuff” at my house, and there isn’t much “stuff” that i care about, but i will treasure this for the rest of my life.

twloha:

Last April, author David Kuo, a friend of our founder Jamie, passed away. This week, Jamie and another friend had a unique moment to remember him.

i had the privilege of introducing David Kuo to Kyle Korver a couple years back. Kyle was and is a professional athlete. He plays in the NBA. David was a gifted writer who worked in the White House and went on to write books. He was now fighting brain cancer, and had been for nearly a decade. i had already made plans to have lunch w/ David in Charlotte when i found out Kyle was in town for a game. i told David that the three of us should have lunch. He was not happy. “I don’t want to meet your NBA friend,” he said. “I’m not impressed by that. And I got my daughter out of school to see you.” I told David that his daughter was welcome to come to lunch - I had no reason to believe that Kyle hated children. This was classic David: sensitive, emotional, honest. David kicked and screamed but came to lunch and of course they had a great conversation and became great friends. The three of us would go to Vegas together, and New York. David stayed w/ Kyle in California and Kyle visited him in North Carolina. The three of us became something of a trio, something real and deep, fueled by David’s questions and encouragement. We laughed a lot as well, and we ate sushi like it was going out of style. Last year, Kyle gave David a jersey exactly like the one he wears in NBA games. The only difference was that Kyle added a U to his last name so that it began “KUO” - David’s last name. The idea was actually mine, and i thought it was the coolest thing in the world. David died in April. He was absolutely one of a kind. In some ways, he was the best friend I’ve ever had. He was easily the most encouraging voice in my life and he taught me so much about love and honesty and friendship. Tonight, after the game in Orlando, Kyle handed me this jersey. There isn’t much “stuff” at my house, and there isn’t much “stuff” that i care about, but i will treasure this for the rest of my life.

My Favorite Songs of 2013.

1. All Who Hear - Young Oceans

2. Too Much - Drake

3. Diamonds - The Boxer Rebellion

4. Dust to Dust - The Civil Wars

5. Bleeding Out - The Lone Bellow

6. Me - The 1975

7. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You - The 1975

8. Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Ray

9. The Exit - Lydia

10. You & Me - Satellite

11. Pink Rabbits - The National

12. Dream - The Boxer Rebellion

13. Silhouette - Active Child w/ Ellie Goulding

14. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood

15. Beautiful War - Kings of Leon

16. Heavy Feet - Local Natives

17. You Never Need Nobody - The Lone Bellow

18. Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

19. Hard to Find - The National

20. Humiliation - The National

21. Robbers - The 1975

22. Royals - Lorde

23. Hold My Liquor - Kanye West w/ Justin Vernon

24. The City - The 1975

25. Brave - Sara Bareilles

26. Bitter Poem - Cold War Kids

27. Up Against the Wall - Fiction Family

28. Shallows - Daughter

29. God Badge - Fiction Family

30. Thing About Freedom - Matt Wertz

31. Stepson - Foals

32. Ledges - Noah Gundersen

33. Two Coins - City and Colour 

34. I Was a Fool - Tegan and Sara

35. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark - Fall Out Boy 

36. Blue Ocean Floor - Justin Timberlake

37. Tell Mama - The Civil Wars

38. Out of the Woods - Foals

39. Pompeii - Bastille

40. Satellite Call - Sara Bareilles

41. Ladies and Gentlemen - City and Colour

42. Wasting My Young Years - London Grammar

43. Who You Love - John Mayer w/ Katy Perry

44. Things We Lost in the Fire - Bastille

45. Anna Sun - WALK THE MOON

46. Dead American - Anberlin

47. Obscene - Bloc Party

48. Overnight - Parachute

49. I Will Be Found (Lost at Sea) - John Mayer  

50. Hurricane - MS MR

Lasts.

Last Sleepover: Last night in L.A. Mark & Ian, my two best friends from Florida.

Last Text Message: To Mark an hour ago, making sure he made it to San Diego.  

Last Phone Call: From Kyle this afternoon. He missed the exit to meet us in Ventura to go surfing.

Last Time Surfing: At C Street in Ventura this afternoon, with Kyle, Mark & Ian.

Last Hot Chocolate: In Ventura after surfing.

Last Email: From my Dad. He sends updates from home (Florida) about once a week. His emails are really good. 

Last Time Smitten: Met Phoebe Tonkin at a friend’s birthday party last weekend.

Last Starbucks: This morning in Studio City, with Mark and Ian on our way to go surfing. Iced coffee.

Last Meal: Chicken Pad Thai w/ Ian at Toi on Sunset Blvd just now. 

Last Almost Dessert: Walked to Pinkberry but then realized we were full so we turned around and walked back. 

Last Song You Loved: Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood

Last Book You Loved: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Last Place You Loved: Point Dume in Malibu, last sunday.

Last Thing You Borrowed: Blankets from my neighbor.

Last Thing You Let Someone Borrow: Let Mark borrow a surfboard, for his day in San Diego tomorrow.

Last Plans You Cancelled: We were supposed to go to the Dodgers game tonight but we got back from Ventura too late. 

Last Time You Wrote: Two nights ago. Wrote about the night TWLOHA won a million dollars.

Last Time You Missed Your Nephew: Today, watching a video on my sister Jessica’s Instagram. Landon was cracking up about something. 

Songs I Loved in May And June And Now.

May: 

1. “We Don’t Eat” by James Vincent McMorrow

2. “Diamonds” by The Boxer Rebellion

3. “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray

4. ”Everybody Here Wants You” by Jeff Buckley

5. “Dream” by The Boxer Rebellion

6. ”Move Like You Want (Live)” by Ben Howard

7. ”Bones” by Ben Howard

8. ”The Exit” by Lydia

9. ”Hearts a Mess” by Gotye

10. ”Two Coins” by City and Colour

Honorable Mention: “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake

June:

1. ”Hard to Find” by The National

2. ”Humiliation” by The National

3. ”Misplaced” by The Boxer Rebellion (Live in Tennessee)

4. ”Pink Rabbits” by The National 

5. “If I Had A Boat” by James Vincent McMorrow

6. “Blue Ocean Floor” by Justin Timberlake

7. “Vancouver” by Jeff Buckley 

8. ”Hold My Liquor” by Kanye West (Justin Vernon can do no wrong)

9. ”Ladies and Gentlemen” by City and Colour

10. “High Hopes” by Kodaline

July:

1. “Shallows” by Daughter

2. “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood

3. ”Heavy Feet” by Local Natives

4. “Anna Sun” by Walk The Moon 

5.  ”Royals” by Lorde

6. “Hurricane” by MS MR

7. The month is still young…

HEAVY AND LIGHT Boston / Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to suck / XO = The Weeknd / Photo by Parker Young. 

HEAVY AND LIGHT Boston / Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to suck / XO = The Weeknd / Photo by Parker Young. 

i do better on the road.

HEAVY AND LIGHT was awesome. The week that followed was not awesome. It was coughing and lonely. Coming home from camp ain’t easy. It’s pretty great being around people you love and doing something you believe in every day. i’ve always struggled with coming home. There’s a lot there but there’s also a lot missing. i talked to my counselor about it today.

Flew to Hartford tonight so as to avoid doing it mega early tomorrow. Speaking in New Hampshire tomorrow night. Steven McMorran is singing. i love doing these events with him. We spend 80% of the time making each other laugh, but when it comes time to do the event, he is incredibly focused. He is a deep deep dude. When he sings, i believe him. UNC Wednesday and it will be so good to see my friend Josh Moore. First time in forever we get to do something together. He is a special guy and one of my favorite voices. New Mexico Thursday (Steven again). i do better on the road. i like being around my friends and their songs. i like the sense of purpose, the day taking second to the night, the laughing when the work is done.

i want to write more. i suppose it comes down to whether or not i really believe it’s okay to be honest. Perhaps this is a step in that direction. 

Craig Gross: Thanks Dad!

craiggross:

*I started writing this a while back and finally finished it tonight after my dad passed away this morning. So, some of it talks about my dad like he is alive because at the time of writing some of it he was.

My dad has not been in good health for as long as I remember. He owned a Sizzler…

My Favorite Songs of 2012.

1. Wicked Games - The Weeknd

2. Like Teenage Gravity - Counting Crows

3. Reaching the Potential - A Silent Film

4. No Other - JT Daly

5. All Too Well - Taylor Swift

6. The Fighter - The Fray

7. The Healing - Bloc Party

8. Calm My Soul - Paper Route

9. Be Still - The Fray

10. Born & Raised - John Mayer

11. Montreal - The Weeknd

12. Youth - Daughter

13. Rabbit Hole - The Temper Trap

14. Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey - John Mayer 

15. Ladders - Lovedrug

16. The Morning - The Weeknd

17. Wing$ - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

18. Red - Taylor Swift

19. Scrapbook - The Rocket Summer

20. My Oh My - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

21. Here With Me - The Killers

22. Lonely Star - The Weeknd

23. Runaways - The Killers

24. The Wind - The Fray

25. Medicine - Daughter

26. This Stage is Your Life - A Silent Film

27. Let Them Feel Your Heartbeat - A Silent Film

28. Fingers Never Bleed - Yeasayer

29. Be Still - The Killers

30. Pink Champagne - Lovedrug

31. Lover of the Light - Mumford & Suns

32. Modern Age - Anberlin

33. Broken Yolk in Western Sky - Benjamin Gibbard

34. Begin Again - Taylor Swift

35. Harbour Lights - A Silent Film

36. Duncan, Where Have You Gone? - Benjamin Gibbard

37. Lucie, Too - Now, Now

38. Come Clean - Tristan Prettyman

39. Unstable - Anberlin

40. A System of Symmetry - Further Seems Forever

41. Old Love - The Rocket Summer

42. The Way It Was - The Killers

43. We’re Still Here - Sleeping at Last

44. Soldiers - The Rocket Summer

45. Magnet - Now, Now

46. Anodyne - Lovedrug

47. Walt Grace’s Submarine Test - John Mayer

48. Wild - Royal Teeth

49. Take a Walk - Passion Pit

50. The Age of Worry - John Mayer

A Silent Film.