Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Make My Family Understand I'm Transgender?

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

Last month I came out as transgender, beginning my transition to female. My mom has repeatedly tried to get me to move back home and see a therapist to "fix" me. My oldest sister called me a "sexual deviant" and forbid me to talk to my nieces and nephew, all of whom I was very close to. It's now been a month since this has happened. My question is, how can I reach out to my mom and my sister to help them understand better?

Sincerely,
Rejected Trans Woman


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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Can I Believe In a Higher Power When I Don't?

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Dear Andrew,

Your answer to last week's question really helped me. I could relate to both you and the person who wrote in. I've actually gone to a program to conquer my addiction to painkillers, but I always got stuck on the "higher power" stuff. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get myself to give in to the "spiritual experience" they were talking about. I'm a business student by day and a musician by night, and I've always paid my own way and taken care of myself, including taking responsibilities for my own troubles. Now I'm having the same old trouble with pills again, and in my efforts to quit, I'm again being encouraged to turn myself over to this "higher power" concept. That seems like a cop-out. I want to get cleaned up, but how can I be true to myself when I really don't believe in this higher-power spiritual stuff?

High Versus Higher Power

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Can I Be Straight-Edge and Still Party Hard?

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Hi, Andrew

I've been dealing with some major substance abuse problems for a long time, and without going into too much detail, I've finally given up and decided to enter a recovery program and go straight-edge. The only thing is, it's really hard for me to imagine my life without drugs and partying. It's something I've done every day for so long and has become my whole life. Leaving that behind is the scariest part of all this. You are an expert on partying. Can I be straight-edge and still party hard?

Fear of Not Partying


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Twenty Context-Free Lines From Andrew W.K.'s Most Popular Advice Columns

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

This week Andrew has traded the slush-covered streets of New York City for the Wi-Fi–free high seas, so here's a context-free sampling of his more memorable lines from his advice columns in the Voice. W.K. will return next week.

Click the date next to each quote to read the full column.
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Ask Andrew W.K.: Feeling Overwhelmed Counts as Partying

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

I'm writing because I can't seem to get past this feeling of being too overwhelmed to do anything with my life. I'm lucky because I have a lot of opportunities to realize my dreams, and I know the things I really want to do in life, but when I start to actually think about what it will take to make them a reality, I get completely exhausted and overloaded from just thinking about all the work required. It makes me feel lazy and then I get discouraged. It's like a vicious cycle. You seem to do so much in your life. I get drained just thinking about your schedule. How do you pull it off? How do you not feel overwhelmed?

Thanks,
Too Much Work


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Embrace the Awkwardness of Hugging

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Andrew,

Today is National Hugging Day. Would you please hug me?

Thanks,
HJ


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Headbanging Is an Art

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Allow your head to bang you.
[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or — no surprise here — a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

While you've touched on some more serious issues, there's one issue that's been on my mind for some time. Sometimes when I'm partying, I feel the need to headbang. I must do it! The release I get from headbanging brings me a lot of joy, but there's one major problem...I always end up getting a sore neck afterwards! Am I headbanging wrong, or am I just partying too hard?

Yours truly,
The Wolf


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Ask Andrew W.K.: I'm a Shoplifter

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Dear Andrew,

I've never really shoplifted before, but yesterday I accidentally stole a T-shirt from a big retail chain. Basically, I was paying for a bunch of clothing at the checkout, and noticed the cashier didn't ring up a T-shirt at the bottom of my basket. She rang up everything else and put the stuff in a shopping bag on top of the unpaid-for T-shirt. I sort of noticed what had happened, but instead of saying anything I just walked out and went home. Now I have this T-shirt that I feel like I accidentally stole, but I also feel like it was kind of the store's fault for not noticing it. It's a huge chain store, so it's not like this one shirt is going to hurt them too much. Is it fine to just keep it? I feel weird about it.

Thanks,
Accidental Shoplifter


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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Keep My New Year's Resolution, for Real This Time?

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Hi, Andrew!

I really want to make some big changes in my life, and I want to use my New Year's resolution this year to get my life on track in a major way. I've been feeling a lot of negativity with people trying to hold me back, and really want to make a huge improvement for personal success in 2015. I've had a hard time living up to promises I've made myself in the past, but this year I'm going for it. Do you have any advice on how to make my resolutions stick?

Thanks,
Big Life Changer


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Are You Santa Claus?

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

You are my inspiration, and all I wanted for Christmas this year was you and your party attitude all wrapped up and put under the tree. But you weren't there! Are you Santa Claus?

With love,
Be My Gift


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