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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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'My Girlfriend Makes More Money Than I Do and It's Stressing Me Out'

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Dear Andrew W.K.,

I have a lovely girlfriend who makes significantly more money than I do, and I find this situation aggravating and stressful. She and I live together, and the kitchen is now "my domain."

I know that love conquers all, but how do I be "the man" when I consistently find myself relying on her?

Your Friend,
T


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Ask Andrew W.K.: 'Can Negative Vibes Actually Hurt You?'

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Dear Andrew,

I kind of can't believe I'm really writing these words, but I seriously think my ex-boyfriend put a curse on me using some sort of black magic. We were together for only about a year, and he was always deep into witchcraft and spells and related books on the subject. Early on in our dating history, he had told me that if I ever broke his heart, he would put a curse on me and make my life a living hell. I didn't take it too seriously at the time and kind of forgot he ever mentioned it, but I broke up with him last week (for a whole bunch of good reasons), and the last thing he said to me was to "Get ready for hell," because he was putting a curse on me that was so powerful and evil I would regret ever being born, etc. This kind of psycho stuff is actually one of the many reasons that I left him. But now I have noticed a lot of stuff going wrong since that breakup night. Some of it's small, like a glass plate randomly breaking in my hands and cutting me, or my new car breaking down for no apparent reason. And some of it is big: I just lost a huge job opportunity without explanation, and my cat got mysteriously sick two days ago and is staying overnight in the vet's office with an unknown stomach illness. Now I'm actually starting to wonder if this guy really did curse me and what I should do to protect myself. I never took this stuff seriously before, but I'm genuinely scared and can't stop thinking about it. Am I being an idiot?

Help, please!
Cursed By Ex


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

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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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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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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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