Thoughts On The “Total Frat Move” Book

Since I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell first came out and became the huge success and cultural touchstone that it has, I literally cannot keep count of all the people who have tried to copy it in some form or another. Thousands upon thousands of people have started blogs about their “fratire” stories, and almost all are blatantly unoriginal rip-offs of mine.

Quotes, January 2013

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”
-Carl Jung

“Those who write clearly have readers. Those who write obscurely have commentators.”
-Albert Camus

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
-W. Somerset Maugham

Quotes, December 2012

“You should write the book you would want to read, not the one you believe you should write.”
-David Ritz

“We are interested in others when they are interested in us.”
-Publius Syrus

“A man generally has two reasons for doing things; one that sounds good, and a real one.”
-JP Morgan

Quotes, November 2012

“As a startup CEO, I slept like a baby. I woke up every two hours and cried.”
-Ben Horowitz

“Men sometimes confess they love war because it puts them in touch with the experience of being alive. In going to the office every day, you don’t get that experience, but suddenly in war, you are ripped back into being alive. Life is pain; life is suffering; and life is horror — but, by God, you are alive.”
-Joseph Campbell

What You Need To Know About Life, But Haven’t Been Taught

I gave a speech at Pitt yesterday (11/26/12). I have no idea if they’ll put the video or audio online, so this text version will have to do for now.

The basic idea of the speech is simple: what can a college student do, right now, to prepare themselves for a world that they are utterly unprepared for?