Advice From The Comic Hack 137 – The Personal, Painful “Screw You Death” Edition.

Dec 31

Advice From The Comic Hack 137 – The Personal, Painful “Screw You Death” Edition.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. I may have come too late to this party.  After a year in which I have lost three amazing friends it suddenly occurs to me that this poem by Dylan Thomas might be more than just a inspirational quote for a movie or a cool video game commercial. In Wikipedia  there is a reference to The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales’s description of  rock star wordsmith  Dylan Thomas as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet” so of course in this cut-and-paste world every subsequent article, passage or reference to him includes that description. I did. It’s not such a bad reputation to carry even 60 plus years after his untimely passing.  Surprisingly Thomas was in-his-day a celebrity of Brad-Pitti-ian notoriety and judging by his hits: Do not go gentle into that good night and Death shall have no dominion – it certainly seemed that Thomas was obsessed with mortality –  which was lucky as he was dead-and-buried before his 40th birthday. Lucky.  In the latter poem the theme is: Though we are mortal as individuals, as a gestalt we are not. A person may die but their love and ideals and memories live on. The first poem – Go Not Gentle – is Thomas’s very personal rant about his aged and dying father. He believed that accepting your inevitable death with grace and dignity as you neared life’s terminus was pure-grade bullshit and that you should, you MUST go kicking and screaming… Maybe he was right? In the ensuing years people have imprinted their own significance upon this bard’s words, taking them to heart as dictum to live life loudly and fully and to fight against the GRIM REAPER when he comes. I plan to. Today I’m going to write the most personal column I have ever written. You might not want to read it. Today it is my turn to rage against the dying of the light. Today I write a question to The Comic Hack’s Guide as a man who has suffered great tragedy this year and I then answer it as...

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Advice From The Comic Hack 136 – The Son Need Not Be Defined By His Father’s Suicide and Quests Of Heroes Edition

Dec 10

Advice From The Comic Hack 136 – The Son Need Not Be Defined By His Father’s Suicide and Quests Of Heroes Edition

Myths and Legends tell of a great author and thinker – Not me, someone far more talented, and deserving – a man who defined the hero and the hero’s journey. He was a man who not only clarified our understanding of mythic themes but directly influenced our modern culture in deep and permanent ways.  This man, Joseph Campbell, penned this profundity “As you proceed through life, following your own path, birds will shit on you. Don’t bother to brush it off.  Getting a comedic view of your situation gives you spiritual distance. Having a sense of humor saves you.” This defines the personal heroic quest of Your Humble Comic Hack. I’m here to save you! As I mention later in today’s article Campbell’s work was vast, influential and profound. Most people know the phrase “follow your bliss” without ever understanding its origins or embracing its simple precepts. Yeah, that’s Campbell. Disney’s The Lion King,  The Matrix, Batman, even that remarkably badly coifed Robert Langdon of Dan Brown’s novels are all examples of the power of  the Monomyth, the power of a hero’s quest, the influence of a damned fine writer. Two Words: STAR WARS! Man I wish I were that good! I’m just a simple purveyor of Dick Jokes and bad advice and yet today I am going to try and save a woman who has turned to me as her only hope. She asks what she should tell her son; her young hero, about his unfortunate estranged father who has taken his own life. Step back readers, I’m here to save her. With jokes… Sigh. While I tackle this serious subject in my typical ham-handed fashion I want you to be HEROIC and  Submit questions for future columns to advicequestions@tortugatwins.com. While you’re at it, “Liking” “Sharing” and “Commenting” seems like the EPIC and BRAVE thing to do. Don’t forget!  I’ve created a Facebook page for this column too: facebook.com/comichacksguide.    Several advice columns ago, you had answered the question of another single mother who was facing a dilemma not entirely dissimilar of one that I was dreading to face for myself: ‘what do you tell your child when they ask why the other parent isn’t in their life?’ This is not a question easily or readily answered,...

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