Friday, November 21, 2014

Ideas for Holy Wars

Islam and Judaism team up to fight a holy war against Christianity.

The Midwest and South (of the US) team up to fight a holy war against the East Coast.

That's all the ones I can think of for now.

I finished "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" yesterday. It was incredible. He was incredible. He was a man of absolute integrity. I feel like, that book should be required reading for every high school student in the United States.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Falconer

I just finished a book, "Falconer" by John Cheever. It is the story of a man in prison. It made me feel grateful that I'm not in prison, and encouraged me to appreciate life more. It is hard to appreciate life sometimes.

I'm sitting in a computer lab because I don't own a computer, it is so cold here that it is hard to type. My fingers are like cold clam shells and I am trying to open the clams.

I have been so sad lately, my ex-girlfriend refuses to talk to me. We got back together last month but she realized that she didn't want to be in a relationship with me, and said we shouldn't talk for a month. I went through the worst depression of my life in the meantime and reached out to her and she wouldn't respond. I emailed her, messaged her, I think she blocked my phone. Which made me crazier and I tweeted at her, I did everything, and then I felt ashamed and wished I hadn't. I think it was a little bit cruel of her to ignore me so absolutely, but I guess she is trying to get over me. But I am lonely and sad and really love her, and wish that we could be back together even the consequences would never allow us to.

I have been looking for a girl, someone to ease the pain, fill the hole, but none of these girls at this school seem interested in me. I try, I put myself out there, but the ones I have been talking to just don't seem interested. I am beginning to think it is because I am ugly or have acne, or am maybe just annoying or creepy or something. I feel a little bad for myself, but I am really trying to cut that emotion out of my emotional spectrum. I guess I am just sad, is all. Maybe I should use this time to work on myself, and not find another girl, I'm trying to do that. I want to learn "The Shire" theme song on piano, that is my goal. Something about the shire reminds me of all that is good and simple in the world--I just thought that in a flat autistic voice. "All dat is good and simpwe."

On October 17, I released a mixtape, "Heartbreak Mane." You can buy/download/listen to it here.



I still been writing articles for Thought Catalog, too:


It gets better, I think. I'll try to make it better and if it does/does not, I'll write about it and let the people know. I always got to let the people know what's up, you know me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leave of Absence Recap / Back At School

I haven't updated this in a while. I was going to make a huge "Leave of Absence" blog post but if you want to see the stuff that I did you can just scroll down on this blog or read my Twitter.

The last thing I posted was my Ryan Holiday interview. Here's the writing I've published since:

VICE
Thought Catalog
I also have my debut mixtape coming out this Friday, 10/17. It's titled "Heartbreak Mane," performed by my rap alter-ego, Exzackly. I made "Heartbreak Mane" with my friend Ziggy. It is a collection of 7 songs, they all mean a lot to me. If I had to sum up my feelings of the past 6 months, I don't have to, because they are already all in this mixtape. Below is the track listing. You can listen to the first single off of the mixtape, "Celebrated," here. I'll post the link to the full mixtape when it's released.


In early September, I joined on as a Partner at Rapchat. Rapchat is a hip-hop app that allows one to select a beat, record a rap over it, and send it to their friends. The app has been getting a lot of press (Huffington Post, Fox News, Product Hunt, etc), it's dope. Download it by searching "Rapchat" at the App Store.

I also left LightHouse Ohio. I will be helping them out in a consulting role from now on.

I've been having insanely bad depression lately. It's hard for me to get out of bed most days, today I almost missed a midterm. I don't know, just seems like something worth writing about. The only thing that makes me feel better is making stuff...I think, in the future, I'm going to continue focusing way more on writing than I have, even though writing is, at this point in my life, already a huge commitment for me.

Unsure how to maintain this blog...you should just follow my Twitter if you read this ever. My Twitter is updated way more frequently. I'll have a new website at one point, it might take a couple months though.

I don't know.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Interview With Ryan Holiday

Thought Catalog published a piece by me titled "From American Apparel to Stoic Philosophy: An Interview With Ryan Holiday." 

Ryan Holiday is a true OG—he was behind all that controversial, sexy marketing for American Apparel back in the day, he's written two bestselling books, and advised a ton of different authors including Tucker Max and Robert Greene. He also published me on BetaBeat a while ago.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Art Is/Isn't Sacred

"Thought Catalog" recently published two pieces by me, titled "Art Is Sacred" and "Art Isn't Sacred." They're mirrors of each other, look at the pictures. One taken at my town's carnival during the day, one at night, by my homeboy Samir. They're companion articles!

Art Is Sacred: http://thoughtcatalog.com/zach-schwartz/2014/08/art-is-sacred/

Art Isn't Sacred: http://thoughtcatalog.com/zach-schwartz/2014/08/art-isnt-sacred/



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cleveland Is The Best City In America

"Thought Catalog" published a new piece by me titled "Cleveland Is The Best City In America."

I'm probably going to get an all-new website soon. This blog quickly became not a blog, but rather a way to link my writing on other sites. I'll address that issue in my new site.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Are We Alone In the Universe?

I wrote this essay when I was 18. I recently found it again, cleaned it up, and published it for Thought Catalog. It's about space and aliens. You can read it here.