Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Worry About Ebola?

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Dear Andrew,

I'm shitting my pants about this Ebola virus. Just hearing the word "Ebola" makes me literally sick to my stomach. I'm sick of hearing about this disease and I'm sick of feeling terrified about it. Every morning I wake up for work, I scramble to watch the news and read the latest horror stories, and then I spend the rest of the day irritable and panicked about this growing epidemic. And it seems like every day a new fear of mine has come true: more people getting sick, no one doing anything real to stop it, and more and more people chiming in about what should be done, without any real organization or plan of action. But what can be done? I feel like we're all going to die! How do I stop freaking out about this?

Scared Sick

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Pizza Is Healthy

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Dear Andrew,

I love pizza. And I eat lots of it. Now, for the first time in my life, I'm worried that my love of pizza is bad for me. I read some pretty shocking health food articles that focused on eating only natural food, and some of my friends have started giving me a hard time, basically saying that pizza isn't "real food." They say it's poisonous junk that is slowly killing me. They say I should live a more healthy and natural life. That my way of eating isn't part of an "authentic" lifestyle. I'm not severely overweight, and I'm a pretty active and happy person, but now whenever I eat pizza I feel kind of depressed. I know you love pizza as much as I do. How do I keep my love affair with pizza going but also live a good and natural life?

Thanks for your help,
Pondering A Pizza-Less Life

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Tackling Procrastination

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Hi Andrew,

I'm a terrible procrastinator. It started back in high school, when I literally put off everything I had to do. Sometimes I would get very inspired and motivated, and other times I just felt so lazy I couldn't do anything. By college, it had got so bad that I basically had a panic attack when I avoided writing two big papers until the night before they were due and literally went through hell and back to finish them in time. The problem is, I'm good at procrastinating. I got good grades on those papers, and haven't really ever missed a deadline. It's just the putting stuff off and the pressure piling up that's really wearing me down. I think all the stress has taken years off my life. I'm seeing it get worse lately and I just need to figure out how to get that spark that kicks me into gear. For some reason, I just keep sitting around and doing other stuff instead of what I'm supposed to do. Look what I'm doing right now...I'm writing to you instead of actually just doing my work. Please help me!

Uninspired Procrastinator

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Feel Guilty for Being White?

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Dear Andrew,

I saw an essay you shared called "White People Problems" that was a pretty angry response to one of your advice columns. I think it's cool that you consider views from people who disagree with you, but from what I can tell, the person who wrote the "White People Problems" essay was basically saying that by being a white person, you're automatically luckier than other people -- that you're "privileged," and that you don't really understand how hard life is. Well, I'm white, and guess what? I don't feel privileged at all. Like many people, I was raised by a single mother after my father (a drug addict) bolted. I currently work three part-time jobs, none of which pays much more than minimum wage. I started working as soon as I was legally able and never had a real opportunity to go to college. And yet I keep hearing how privileged I am to be white. So I ask you, should I feel...

Guilty For Being White?

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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Friend Is Joining the Military and I'm Furious

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Dear Andrew,

One of my closest and oldest friends just told me last night that he wants to join the Army. I was completely shocked. He had never seemed interested in this before and never really mentioned it, and now he's decided to not go to college but sign up with the military instead.

At first I just didn't say anything, but then I got really pissed off and told him not to do it. I believe in peace and am just so upset at the idea of someone I've known and loved for so long participating in this kind of violence. I basically told him that if he goes through with this, I won't be able to be his friend anymore. I can't stand by in good conscience and let my friend go kill people or get killed, can I?

Pissed Off Pacifist

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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Boyfriend Listens to Evil Music

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Dear Andrew,

I'm writing today because you're such a positive person and I need help dealing with negativity. I've been with my boyfriend for two years, but recently I've been having a harder and harder time hanging out with him at his house. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I have a problem with him personally, I just have a problem with his music. He's always been into metal and pretty aggressive stuff, but now his musical taste seems to be getting truly evil. I can't even describe how some of this music sounds -- it's just really negative vibes. The album artwork and posters and books he has in his room all confirm this. Lots of blood and guts and devils and just evil-looking stuff. I'm not a Goody Two-shoes or anything, but I was raised in a very loving family who taught me that stuff like this really can be bad for your karma, and I really don't feel comfortable around it. And even more than that, I really don't want this stuff corrupting my boyfriend and making him change from the loving, positive person he is. I tried removing some of the albums from his room and he freaked out. I tried telling him I wouldn't come over with that stuff in his house, but that didn't work either. I don't want to make him mad, but I do want this negative stuff out of our lives. So, since you're so focused on positivity, I'm hoping you can give me some advice. How do I rescue my boyfriend and our relationship from these negative influences?

Thank you,
Sick of Negative Vibes

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Live and In-Person

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Since it started running in the first issue of the Voice this year, undisputed Party King Andrew W.K.'s advice column has touched millions of readers. It is, we're quite certain, the only column in the history of time that's been praised by both NPR and Glenn Beck, and the only one tackling such diverse topics as why some people are drawn to heroin, the power of prayer, the wonder of dogs, and how to handle a right-wing asshole parent. (See all of Andrew's columns in the link below.) In short, Ask Andrew W.K. is a hit. But that's also part of the problem, because Andrew can only answer one of the hundreds of emails he gets each week. To remedy this he's bringing Ask Andrew W.K. to you live and in person.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Prayer Is Stupid, Right?

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Hey, Andrew.

Thanks for doing what you do and helping people. I'm going to make this short and to the point. My older brother was diagnosed with cancer last week. My whole family is freaking out and trying to deal with the news. Everyone is trying to find different ways to help, but something my grandmother said has really got me angry. She said we should all just "pray for my brother," like prayer would actually save his life. Just thinking about it now makes my fists clench with frustration. We need to actively help my brother and do actual things to save him, not kneeling on the ground and mumbling superstitious nonsense. I got into a fight with my grandmother and the rest of my family about this and now I feel worse than ever. I need to get them to see that praying and religious mumbo jumbo doesn't help. How do I explain this to them?

Thanks for reading this,
Not Gonna Pray

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Ask Andrew W.K.: How to Cope With All This Terribly Tragic News

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Dear Andrew,

Thanks for writing your column. It's really helped me lately, which is why I'm writing to ask you about this: It feels like the world is ending. Every time I turn on the TV, there's a new crisis: War, riots, environmental catastrophes, disease, financial collapse, cyber crime, religious rage, not to mention the boring little problems of my own regular life.

In one week, I literally saw the top stories in the newspaper all describing various versions of Armageddon, one after another -- just a big list of apocalyptic events. And it seems like every recent Hollywood movie focuses on some apocalyptic disaster or dystopian vision of the not-too-distant future. If someone would've told me 15 years ago that things would get this bad, I would've found it hard to believe. And now I'm wondering, in 15 more years will they be even worse? What the hell is going on? How can things keep going this way? Is the world ending?

Please help,
Afraid and Paranoid

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Ask Andrew W.K.: "Road Rage Is Driving Me Crazy!"

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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've got a major road rage problem. Ever since I first got my driver's license, my anger behind the wheel has grown worse and worse. It's gotten so bad that my girlfriend won't let me drive her around any more, and even my friends are freaked out. And even when someone else drives, I still can't help cursing out other drivers and screaming the whole time. It feels like being on the road is a battle and every other vehicle is my mortal enemy. It's really draining and puts me in a bad mood that lasts long after I get out of the car. Yesterday I punched my car's ceiling so hard that I put a dent in it and badly bruised my hand. I've never had an actual car accident, but I've had a few violent confrontations with other drivers and I can see this whole thing ending badly. Meanwhile, it's just making me a miserable person. How do I become a peaceful driver?

Thanks for your help,
Road Rage Fink

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