Sasha's 'Newsletter'

Sasha Chapin
Essays about creativity, psychedelics, marriage, sadness, and whatever else I feel like writing about, as well as a weekly novel about a vampire.
Created 05 Aug 2020
  • NFTs, ICOs, and Puts on SPY: The Neo-Prospecter Lifestyle
    15 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 7 1
    Last year, I had a bunch of online acquaintances who made a lot of money during the early days of the pandemic by shorting the stock market. For some reason, I had total faith that their very simple s...
  • Thank Your Socks, Idiot (Kondo-pilled part 2)
    15 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 13 2
    This is a follow-up to this essay, also about Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo suggests that you thank your socks when you take them off. Like to express gratitude that they sheltered your feet during your he...
  • Quantity Is More Important than Quality
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    In most domains in life, quantity is much more important than quality. Constant small displays of sympathy are better than occasional extravagant gifts. Twenty minimally competent emails do more than ...
  • Having a Good Life Involves Partially Dying Several Times
    13 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 9 2
    Let’s say you’re a famous touring musician. You’re in total synchronization with your environment: you love music, you love fame, you love bad road food, and the world is happy to give you all of thes...
  • First Place, Worst Place
    12 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 10 2
    Curiously, it’s often the case that total victory in some kind of societal competition isn’t actually the ideal outcome. The best-case scenario is ending up somewhere off to the side. Consider the fol...
  • Strain Versus Effort, or, Contra Jacob Falkovich Contra Sasha Chapin
    11 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Controversy rages over my Substack! Recently, I wrote a post about some of my Twitter tactics, which was greeted by acclaim, sweet songs of the pan flute, and gifts of fresh kebab. However, not everyo...
  • Creativity Isn't Hard Work
    10 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 2
    I’ve known a lot of successful creative people, and I’m tempted to say that they don’t work hard, because that’s sexy and provocative. But it’s not quite right, although many don’t work as much as you...
  • On Naive Skepticism, or, No, Really, LSD Did Cure My Anosmia
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 12 3
    Recently, I blew up a small corner of the internet by publicizing the fact that LSD cured my post-COVID-19 anosmia. I kind of expected it to make some kind of noise. What I didn’t expect, but probably...
  • Animal Fries and Sociopathy
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 7 0
    Restaurants generally promote their best dishes. But at In-N-Out Burger, the best dishes are not advertised at all. They’re not even found on the menu—they’re on the ‘secret menu’, which is conveyed v...
  • Things You're Allowed to Do, Epicurean Edition
    06 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 8 1
    Milan Cvitkovic wrote this fantastic article reminding you of things you’re allowed to do. This is an article ripping off that premise, in which I lay out some specifically Epicurean-type things you’r...
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