Why subscribe?

Don’t let “tortured artists” fool you: Reading is FUN (and so is writing)!

Also, I’m curious and compelled. This means I’ll deliver fresh perspectives that help you develop a fun and sympathetic world view.

Why do you write?

I’ll let you pick:

A) I’m a lunatic, desperate for attention.

B) I have a lot to say and my wife doesn’t have time to hear it all (but my toddler does).

C) I want to be so rich and famous that I can laugh at the suckers who made me wealthy from my big fancy “I’m a writer” space jet with the other billionaire writers.

What’s your Background?

I have been interested in entertainment for as long as I can remember. My mom says I used to sing full-length songs in English from my crib before I could talk. Go figure…

Anyway, I “officially” began my music career with Punchclock & Smirk in 2003. Then, In 2006, I started a weekly essay, The Casual Casuist.

In 2011, I earned an MFA with my first fiction novel, Dysfunction. Then came Baby Doll (The Book, (2012), Too True to be Good (2017), The Apology (2021), and Ardor (2023).

I also make TV shows: Squawk (2018), YouScience (2020), & Me-Search (2021).

In 2021, my wife (Elana), brother (Sam), and I started our podcast: Coffin Talk.

I also have a son, Tyler, a daughter, Alice, and my wife Elana and I are expecting another daughter, Emily, in early 2024. I also index books, run a writing workshop, drink coffee, and eat avocados. OH!!! And I love my dog Penny, despite her barkaholism. And I think that’s it. I’m just here to try and make you think and laugh.

You get podcasts, essays, and a few easter eggs along the way, and if you’re non-denominational (I am) then you can call them “non-denominational eggs of joy.”

Please help support me with a premium subscription. You get my illustrated book, monthly bonus podcasts and essays, weird gifts, and access to the archives.

Here are some popular links if you want to vet me further (or have fun!):

Eristicocracy - “This is your brain on arguing.”

Prestalgia - “That thing you don't get before that thing you do get.”

Happy Go Magic - “People love magic, but no one tells a kid to become a magician.”

How To Deal with People Who Are Being Silly and Asking To Be Taken Seriously

You F%@*ing Monster - “You really want to know what we fought about?”

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Curious and compelled, I write short, philosophical content that is thoughtful, empathetic, funny, and fun.


Mike Oppenheim

compassion and curiosity, above all else!