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Category Archive for 'Thirty Rooms To Hide In'

Full disclosure: This isn’t a post about advertising, but it’s a piece of writing I’m proud of just the same. And it actually IS what the title says — the single most interesting night I had all of last year. It was my stay overnight in the massive empty house that I grew up in, […]

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Hey folks: I had the nicest time in Orlando being interviewed on a fun podcast called Celebration of Imperfection. Give a listen, maybe in the car. I really liked my interviewers, George Kedenburg the THIRD, and Steve Carsella. Nice guys. And it’s fun listening to a podcast where the people are face to face. Sometimes […]

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Podcast in which host Jeremy and I chat about a previous post on this site — the one about infinite resignation and about how keeping your hunger and anger at a slow boil can help keep you from burning out in a tough business.

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I grew up in a little town in the south of Minnesota, Rochester — home of the Mayo Clinic. My father was an orthopedic surgeon there, with an office on the 6th floor. He died on July 3rd, 1966, almost 45 years ago to the day. I wrote a book about growing up as his […]

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A friend from New York sent me this picture, snapped while on board a New York City subway. I don’t know who the woman is, but obviously she has great taste in books and I have every reason to believe she’d love a free signed copy of my second book, Thirty Rooms To Hide In: […]

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The New York Times continues its strange silence on the subject of my new book, Thirty Rooms To Hide In: Insanity, Addiction, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic. But guess, what? My old Fallon friend, Mike Lescarbeau (who is now the effen CEO of Carmichael/Lynch), Mike was an early reader. […]

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It’s so weird having a book on the market. It’s like sending your baby’s pictures out there. (“Please, please, no one say my baby ugly, my baby not ugly, little baby he not ugly.”) Then along comes Jane Nation’s review. Jane Nation is a cool website/blog with the descriptor “The World According To Women.” Which […]

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Recently a co-worker asked me in the hallway, “So I wanna write a book. I’ve got this idea. Maybe sometime we can sit down and you could give me, like, your main piece of advice?” I surprised myself at how quickly I gave him an answer, right there in the hallway. But it’s the same […]

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Just a bit of happy news in the Sullivan (and Whipple) household. Announced today the beginning of my second career. I’ve accepted an offer from the Savannah College of Art and Design to be the chair of their advertising department, startin’ this September. I am crazy thrilled about it. For years, my favorite part of […]

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“The Shining, but as a comedy.” That’s about the best way I have to describe Thirty Rooms to Hide In. It’s partly about how my father went from being one of the world’s best orthopedic surgeons at the Mayo Clinic, to lying dead on a motel room floor in Georgia, a broken ashtray under his […]

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