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Book Review: Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz

Excellent SheepIn a Nutshell

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life is the best education book I’ve read in years.

Who Should Read It

  • Parents who want their kids to go to a selective college
  • Young adults who want to get into a selective college (or think they do now, at least!)
  • Anyone who is/was a “top performer” in their school or college
  • Anyone who has gone through the process of competitive college admissions
  • Anyone asking themselves how education plays a part in building a meaningful life

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“Where Do You Live?”

I get asked this a lot.

The truthful answer is: Everywhere and nowhere.

I’ve solidly embraced nomadism since finishing college in December 2004. Outside of a 2-year stay in Asheville, NC in 2012-13 (and even then I traveled often), I’ve haven’t lived in one place for more than 5 continuous months.

I keep a Google Spreadsheet to remember when and where I’ve lived different places.

Here’s the record since high school: Continue Reading

Give Blake Life Advice – Online Venture Edition

THE SITUATION

I have a lot of free time this spring and summer: February-August. (In autumn I’ll be super busy running my upcoming Hogwarts for Unschoolers pilot program, but until then, I’m open.)

I want to use some of this time to create something ONLINE that’s fun, inspiring, and interactive. This could be a podcast, video show, mini-guidebook series… I’m really open to any format. (I’ll  make Vine videos if I have to!)

I want this online-thing to challenge me, help me develop my ideas, and bring in lots of viewers. Making a little $$ would be nice too, but not mandatory. Continue Reading

2014 in Review

Welcome to my annual year-in-review post. (Here’s 2013, 2012, and 2011 in case you’re feeling curious.)

The year started on a low note: the end of a major relationship. Suddenly I found myself on-the-road again and decided to clear my head by taking off to Europe on a last-minute bargain-basement flight.

My good friend (and fellow nomad-at-the-moment) Matt and I rented a canal-side apartment in Amsterdam through HomeAway. We explored the city by bike and made new friends through Couchsurfing. I continued writing my new book at Knowmads, an alternative business school and co-working center where I met a gaggle of super-friendly social entrepreneurs from all over the world.

The Apartment

The apartment. Continue Reading