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


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.

[stuff about emotional pain, loss, heartbreak, etc, redacted on 4/17/15]

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:

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 iPhone app that allows one to rap to beats and send them 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 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:

Art Isn't 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.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Secret Life of the American Camgirl

I recently stayed with an Internet camgirl in Pittsburgh and wrote about the experience for Thought Catalog. I interviewed her about the weirdest requests she's received, took funny pictures of her, and watched her do a private show. Read it here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"4 Men at the Lunch Table" Radio Show

I have a new project with a couple of my friends. Every Tuesday this summer, 8-10 pm EST, we will be hosting a radio show, "4 Men at the Lunch Table," on Kent State radio. Topics of discussion include music, sports, politics, art, sex, and our lives. We'll also occasionally be debuting my rap songs. I usually say belligerent dumb shit and give way too much information about my personal life. It's fun and funny. It will stream here. Sometimes the in-studio cam will work and you can watch it here.

I'm doing the show with my childhood friends Nick Seink, Justin Graci, and Ziggy D'Amato. Nick Seink is a great folk-esque musician whose album you can listen to here. Justin is one of the funniest, most likable people I know, and has a year-round, legit radio show. Ziggy is one of my best friends. He is a musician who is in The Ohioans and he is the producer for all of my rap songs.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Checking in w/ Jordan Castro: The Mall

I met up with Jordan Castro, author of "Young Americans" (CCM, 2013) in Parma, Ohio this past winter break and we filmed a video together at the mall. He talked about getting out of rehab, new tattoos, and why American Apparel isn't cool, among other things.

I'm going to be doing this "Checking in w/" video series with some other people too, more videos forthcoming.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Leave of Absence / Rap Genius Internship

UPDATE: "Bloomberg Businessweek" discussed my Rap Genius internship in an article titled, "The Next Problem for MOOCs Starts With A Rap Genius Intern"

UPDATE: "Gawker" covered my Rap Genius internship in an article titled, "Oysters and Weed: Meet the Rap Genius Interns"

UPDATE: "NextShark" covered my Rap Genius internship in an article titled, "Live, Work and Party in Bel Air: The Crazy Life of Interning Under the Founder of Rap Genius"

UPDATE: "The New Noise" radio show interviewed me re my leave of absence on Feb. 17

I'm taking a leave of absence this semester. School blows—not all the time, but most of the timeand last semester I felt depressed and stressed out frequently, because of the amount of coursework and the alienating environment I was in. I'm grateful to be going to college, and I plan to graduate, but I was dealing with some academic and family-related issues so it was something I felt I had to do for myself.

So I'm taking the semester February I'm going to stay at the Rap Genius mansion in Bel-Air. I'm here right now: this house is really cool. I'll probably take pictures or make a video of it at one point. There's like, a theater, jacuzzi, pool, ping-pong balcony overlooking the pool, ultra-modern decor and lighting, unlimited free food delivery, and like, more...and the weather is really warm too. I've never experienced anything this nice in my life I think.

In March I'm going to travel across the US. I saved up some money from my startup and I'm going to visit friends and family across the country. Some of the cities I plan to hit include: Chicago, Philadelphia, Memphis, San Diego, Las Vegas, Houston, and Columbus. Any of my internet or real-life friends, hit me up. I'd love to visit your city, I want to see all of America.

In April I'm going to work on the startup I founded, LightHouse Ohio. We're in a position now where I can fully support myself with the money I make from that, which I'm really grateful for.

I'll also be writing for Thought Catalog and VICE Magazine during my leave. If you want me to freelance articles for your publication/etc, or if you want to contact me for anything, hit me up via email, zachmschwartz[at]gmail[dot]com. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Video re: Taiwan

In early January I went to Taiwan for 2 weeks. I made a video using my footage from the trip, here it is: