A Near Drowning: My Personal Tour of the Ocean of Average

Why is it, do you suppose, that so many of humanity’s most brightly shining creative stars of many a bygone year have flamed out on a quest for the ultimate journey toward perfect composition, performance, or display? And why, so often, have they taken the route of The Long Strange Trip because of a hoped-for substance-induced transcendence on the trek? My treatment of the topic in this particular post will likely do more to validate these questions rather than necessarily answer them. If this sounds depressing, read on anyway, because in one man’s trip to find his own answers for his own art, he discovered that comedic moments can—and sometimes often—happen in could’ve-been-tragic stories.

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