Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Can You Help Me Be Positive?'

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Dear Andrew,

I'm done. Finished. I'm just over everything. When I was a kid, I thought being an adult would give me a place in the world where I could accomplish something and life would be what I thought it could be. Instead, all I'm learning is that getting through life in this world sucks and isn't any easier or more fun than it was before. I'm more disillusioned and exhausted than ever. I don't want to be bitter, but I feel like I'm seeing life for what it is: a hopeless mess of endless obstacles. Living day to day in this frame of mind has made me give up hope for the future or for myself. I used to be a happy and optimistic person. Now I'm just mad and tired. What happened?

Yours in despair,
Help Me Be Positive


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Deal With Nudity?'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

What up, dude? Love your advice column, so I'm hoping you can help me here. I'm in college, and one of my classes has a big poster of that famous Leonardo da Vinci "Man" drawing with the naked dude in the circle with his arms out. I'm sure you've seen it.

Anyway, I realize it's a famous piece of art, but I don't particularly like this naked guy's junk staring at me all day. It's offensive and distracting for a classroom environment. It's just not appropriate to have some naked dude up on a wall when I'm trying to learn.

I'm sure you see where I'm coming from, so my question is, how do I get it removed? Do I just tell my teacher that staring at a naked man all day is distracting and gross? Or do I just ask her to take it down? Or do I take it down when no one is looking and throw it away? Or do I try talking to the dean about it? Or do I just cover it with a sticker or something? I don't really want to start trouble, I just don't feel like looking at this guy's junk anymore and I don't feel like I should have to. Am I stupid?

Thanks,
Fed Up And Grossed Out


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Become a Successful Musician?'

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Dear Andrew,

Since I was very young, I've always wanted to be a successful musician. I have practiced and played in many bands and done everything I can to get my music out there, but the dream of making it big just seems to get further away and more impossible. I feel like I should just give up, but I love music so much and want to succeed at it. How can I get there? How can I be a really successful musician?

Thanks,
Striving For Success


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'What's the Purpose of a Broken Heart?'

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Hi Andrew,

I've been talking to a girl for about a month now, and I'm really getting feelings for her. Compared to other girls, she really makes me happy to be me. I feel like she's the one. I asked her to the prom with me and she said yes, as long as it wouldn't be too romantic.

Now, to understand where I'm going with this, you have to understand that I met this girl through my mom. My mom is a hairstylist and this girl works at her salon.

One day, I got a text message from my mom telling me that this girl has no romantic interest in me at all. Now I'm extremely confused and don't know what to do about the prom. Please, Andrew. I need your help.

Your pal,
Broken-Hearted Buddy


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Show Religious Freaks That Science Wins?'

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Yo, Andrew.

How can anyone believe in religion? It's so ignorant and obviously fake. I've always backed science since I was a little kid, and now I'm proud to say that I'm studying to be a molecular biologist in college. The thing is, I'm surrounded by a lot of religious idiots at this school, and whenever I try to explain to them how believing in a man in heaven who rose from the dead and all that superstitious BS is literally causing the murder of millions of people, they argue back and tell me that "science is evil and is playing God," and that I should develop my "faith" before I blow up the world.

What is the best way to finally get through to these ignorant people and explain to them simply and finally that they're wrong? If they would just give in and accept the scientific future, they would see that they don't need religion to enjoy life.

Thanks for your feedback,
Enlightened Scientist


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Do I Deal With Death?'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

I'm afraid of death. Not just my own death, but the death of my loved ones, too. I've never really lost anyone very close to me and I just can't imagine what I will do about it.

Lately, my fear of losing someone close has been taking over more and more of my thoughts. I keep imagining my parents dying in a car crash, or getting that late-night phone call that one of my best friends is suddenly dead and gone. I feel really anxious, and the more I try to stop thinking about it and put it out of my mind, the worse it gets and the more I obsess about it. What should I do?

Thanks,
Dreading Death


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Can I Shake My Bad Karma?'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

I work at a used-car dealership where I'm forced to rip people off. It's killing my spirit a little bit every day. I wish I could be making the world a better place, but instead, I'm spending 60 hours a week selling snake oil and gypsy tears to poor unsuspecting people. How do I dig myself out of this situation and reverse all of the bad karma?

The job pays well, and while I know the money isn't everything, it covers the bills and supports my family. Should I quit this job and take a lower-paying job? Should I keep the job and just be glad I'm getting by? I'm not sure how to turn the situation around, but this isn't who I am.

Sincerely,
Killing My Karma


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Do You Ever Get Depressed?'

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Dear Andrew,

I'm a depressed person. I get sad and unmotivated and basically just feel like being away from everyone, including myself. It's weird because most of the time I don't really have a good reason for feeling so bad, I just feel it anyway. Do you have any advice on what to do with bad feelings like this? People don't understand me. I try to tell them, but they think it's just me being too sensitive, or I should just snap out of it. You always seem so happy and I really look up to you for that. But do you ever get depressed? How do you stay so positive?

Thanks,
Downer In The Dumps


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Why Is It OK to Hate People?'

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Dear Andrew,

All my friends and acquaintances claim to "hate people." Why is this a trend? Why is it considered cool to "hate people"?

Regards,
I Think People Are Alright


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'How Can I Talk to My Bigoted Friend?'

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Dear Andrew,

I recently moved in with a friend who I've known for almost a decade. Turns out he uses a lot of homophobic slurs and insults. He also says racist stuff and badmouths pretty much every minority group you can think of. I had never seen this side of him until we became roommates, and now I'm really disturbed. I pointed out how offensive this was, and his response was, "They're just words," and that I should lighten up. What do I do?

Yours sincerely,
Concerned


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