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"Only if we face these open wounds in ourselves can we understand them in other people." - James Baldwin

Better Questions is all about getting better.

That means being more creative and productive.

That means managing emotions.

That means thinking more clearly.

The core of Better Questions is the weekly email. It goes out every Wednesday at 6 am EST, and covers one question I think will be valuable for people who care about making awesome things.

The philosophy - and the method - behind everything I do here is Learn, Make, Teach.

I learn something new...

I make something useful with that knowledge...

And then I teach what I learned.

About Me

Credit: Andrew Rothmund

My name's Dan. I read a lot, I take a lot of notes, and I like breaking down complex subjects into systems I can use in my own life.

Most people know me from my musical projects, which include HAVE A NICE LIFE, Giles Corey, and Black Wing.

I also founded and run a 7-figure marketing agency. I love my work, which is always challenging and always changing. I can probably never work for anyone else again.

Foundational Posts

There are a few posts that have really stood out as "foundational" to what I'm trying to do here.

If you're looking for a good place to start, I'd start with these.

Only You

Only You
Here’s a thing that is both exhilarating and terrifying: There are certain ideas only you can come up with. There are things in this world – Paintings, songs, books, concepts, speeches, organizations, businesses, products, romantic evenings, longing glances, buildings, achievements, inv…

On your responsibility to the world.

Practical Notes On Depression From a Semi-Famously Depressed Person

Practical Notes on Depression From a Semi-Famously Depressed Person
Depending on how you know me, this may or may not come as a bit of a surprise: Most people I meet expect me to be depressed. This is because I am, perhaps, most famous for releasing a few albums of very, very depressing music. For some strange algorithmic reason,

On what depression is, what it isn't, and how I try to deal with it.

The Factory Floor

The Factory Floor
Not going to lie – this week’s email comes out swinging a bit. Not 100% sure it works. I debated sending it at all. In the end, there’s nothing to do but trust the process and hope it lands. Let me know your thoughts at

In some ways, this post was where Better Questions first "became itself." Also the first reference to Personal Danban, my personal productivity system.


——- Where is it written? ——- I recently came face to face with irrationality. I was attacked online… Called terrible things… Directly threatened. Why? I pointed out an inaccuracy. My crime was naively wandering into the world of online conspiracies, believ…

On mob mentality, the internet, and building something better.