"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't f*** them." -John Waters
I'm Matt Karamazov, On The Far Left:
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First: I'm straight-up honored that you would even CONSIDER reading/listening to what I have to say, given that you have a choice between the MILLIONS of websites that are out there. A few hundred of them are probably pretty good too.
As it says above the picture (taken after one of the few boxing fights that I've actually WON), I'm Matt Karamazov. I am exactly who I say I am, and I do exactly what I say I do.
I'll skip over the boring details as quickly as possible:
*I'm 27, a nightclub bouncer ("Attitude Adjustment Specialist"?) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I run a nonprofit.
*My goal is to read, and take notes on, 1000 books before I turn 30.
*I used to run an international record label, I've led human rights projects in the mountains of India, I have a community service medal from the Queen of England, blah, blah, blah.
My real job as a writer and an activist is to wake people up to the lives they could be living if they dropped their resentment and their fear and their hatred.
I might reject the standard answers given to the problem of human existence (i.e. "Be successful!", "Leave a legacy!", "You might not like your job, but at least you're making money!"), but I DO believe that if you're going to attempt something that's important to you, you have to go all in.
Life will literally KILL you. While you're here, what better do you have to do than to aim for the highest good of which you are capable?
That's one of the reasons why I'm so fanatical about self-discipline.
You don't want to get to the end of your life and admit to yourself that you could have done more; that you could have tried harder; that you didn't do your best and have fun.
In the end, the pain of discipline is MUCH less than the pain of regret.
I hope that you get something out of what I say on these pages, and again, I'm straight-up honored that you've read this far. All the best to you, my friend.
My Reading List:
I have a few obsessions (reading books, working out, human rights), but my main goal right now is to finish reading and taking notes on 1,000 books before I turn 30.
I am of the firm opinion that books shouldn't be an "escape" from your real life, but rather a "discovery" of your real life, and many of the books that I've read so far definitely fit that description.
After a certain point, having all those ideas crashing into each other feels like a fireworks display inside your own mind, and that's a feeling I wouldn't give up for anything. If you're a reader, I'm sure you know what I mean.