Ben Parzybok


My inverse trajectory

Sorry everybody if I have something to do with this:

I have had a really lucky, great year – I have to keep reminding myself this as the rest of the world seems bent on spiraling itself into some kind of panicky little hole.

I’ve moved into a new house (with a wormhole in the center of the livingroom floor!), Couch is being published, Walker Tracker is going great, my kids are healthy and I’m happily married.

I hope you’re well and that you’re busy depression-proofing yourself too.

If not? Buy a bottle of red wine,  turn on the music loud and cook the New Brunswick Stew from this book.

Make sure to drink at least 5/8th of the bottle of wine while cooking.

That’s the best cure for the blues I know.

I mean depression-proofing in the emotional sense – but we do a lot of wealth building/depression-proofing here in the financial sense by making massive batches of soups and freezing them. Having stores of your own canned goods and frozen soups is one of the wealthiest feelings I think you can have. All that nourishment is stored away at your own home – not subject to bank runs or abstract financial instruments. It’s harvest time! Put away some of that summer for deep in the winter.

Author: Benjamin Parzybok

My name is Ben Parzybok and I'm a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. @sparkwatson


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