Pavlov’s Sisyphus

Remember that year when most of us had to spend as much time at home as we normally spend at work, and most of us were all so brainwashed into thinking that all of our worth was based on work, and that our passions could only be hobbies, and that this new dynamic was just impossibly uncomfortable and wrong, that we went crazy and were super angry instead of realizing that life actually should be like that all of the time? 

-Questions for the not-distant-enough future.

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Thought & Other Absurdities is a collection of modern witticisms, thought provocations, & other absurdities from the mind of Joseph D. Newcomer, author of Diminishing Return, El Camino Blue, and the soon-to-be-released through Dead Star Press, SciFi mind-fuck novel, Darkest Day.

Originally posted on the Thought & Other Absurdities blog at, these brief essays are rife with the social commentary and compassion-invoking prose you have come to expect from Newcomer, but with a more direct and pointed purpose than his novels. This collection is designed to offer the reader daily vignettes of societal considerations to engage the mind well beyond the few moments it takes to read each entry. It is simultaneously thought-altering and painfully relatable.

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  1. LMFAO!!! Great intro! I need to start listening to these!! Thanks for the shout out too!! All 6 of those listeners will be forever influenced.

    Michael D. Beatty BrickTop’s


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  2. Enjoyed listening to your podcast! Great talking, Joseph.
    I will never look at toilet paper the same way again. Haha!
    You are really funny and creative. Will definitely tune in for the next one.
    And work and passion are definitely two opposite ends of the same spectrum for many.
    It is a sad way of living and thinking. 🙂

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