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The Self-Made Man: Jeph Jacques

Making a living as a working artist is ungodly difficult, on a scale that your average tech start-up couldn’t begin to imagine; while theirs can be a very stressful world too, at least techies’ skills are respected by the world at large. Try... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is a familiar one in our culture; a brilliant artist who self-destructs and dies young. In his specific case, he died of a heroin overdose at 27, and only spent eight years as a proper working artist. I’m not here... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: George MacDonald Fraser

I don’t often read books that are part of a series, and yes, this means I haven’t delved into Harry Potter/Song of Ice and Fire/Wheel of Time/etc. all that much. I suppose I should someday, but I’m in no rush. I just prefer standalone... 

The Self-Made Man: Cactus Söderström

If you’re a PC gamer, you’ve probably played—or at least heard about—Hotline Miami, a top-down, 8-bit game in which you play a lone weirdo who takes on the entire Russian mob with a variety of weapons and crazy animal masks. It’s... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill really shouldn’t be as obscure as he is. I mean, the guy was Luke Skywalker. In a sane and rational universe, the focal point of the original Star Wars trilogy shouldn’t, at the end of the day, be just another working actor. Well,... 

The Self-Made Man: Deron Beal

Anyone who works in the non-profit sector or the performing arts (or the huge overlap in between those two lines of work) has probably hit up Freecycle for something in the past six months. For those of you who work in industries where there’s actually... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Terry Gilliam

This week’s Awesome Man Throughout History—Terry “The One American Guy In Monty Python” Gilliam—is a celebrated and revered film director who has made some classics (Brazil, Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas), some utter crap (The Brothers... 

The Self-Made Man: Greg Anderson

TSB has looked at guys who’ve started their own record labels before, and we generally agree that making any kind of mark in that business—especially considering what the Internet has done to/for music—requires you to be an extremely dedicated... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Andrew Lersten

If you’re into weird music like I am, the Internet might as well be your best friend. Even the most unlistenable, experimental noise/music projects have some kind of web presence: a Bandcamp page, a Tumblr, a Soundcloud account, something. It’s... 

The Self-Made Man: Milton Hershey

As someone who eats a lot while he writes, I have become very familiar with Hershey’s products over the years. If only I’d paid that kind of attention to the company’s history, because its founder—one Milton S. Hersey—was a classic,... 

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