👋 Welcome!

Do you love music? 🎶 Yeah!

What about memoir? ✍️ That too!

Have you ever noticed sometimes the perfect song seems to come on 🔀 to almost supernaturally ✨ soundtrack what’s going on in your life???

Yes?! OK, then this Substack 💌 is for you!

Shuffle Synchronicities is a spirited mix of music & memoir where we…

Shuffle 🔀 playlists, then write ✍️ & podcast 🎙️ about how the songs 🎶 seem to Synchronize with life ✨

Carl Jung👨‍🦳 was the first to introduce the concept of Synchronicity ✨ as “the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer” after a confrontation 🤬 with his materialist mentor Sigmund Freud 🛋 produced a Synchronicity ✨ apparent to both of them but denied by Freud 👀, which led Jung to an intrapersonal crisis and interpersonal split 😶‍🌫️, but also the creation of his own school of psychology💡

Volume 1

Was featured on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour 🎙 near the end of its run of 365 daily posts 🗓

It included guest post collaborations 🙏

With everyone from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork music journalists 📝 to indie film directors 🎬, Astrologers ♈️, a Rabbi ✡️, art-rappers 🎤, mental health therapists/advocates 🧠 and a micro-niche-famous meme admin📱, as well as of course many fellow writers and readers in the Substack community 🤓

Such as…

Volume 2

Will focus on collaboration with others 🙏

Will open up the format to Podcasts🎙️ with live-Shuffles and resulting Podscripts🎙️📇

And will experiment with the practice of Post-Memoir 🧼🗣

Dave Cowen 😎 may or may not be the first 🤣 to introduce the concept of Post-Memoir 🧼🗣, as “the ethical aesthetic of the extreme effacement of the personal identifiers and details of the other subjects in an autobiographical narrative” after a struggle 😖 with the ramifications of writing ⏳ daily serialized memoir ⌛️ without always receiving the consent of the other people in the stories 😬, which led to a crisis of conscience🥺 and the impulsive deletion of this Substack 🤪, but also an epiphany 🙌 about how to do it kinder, better, righter 🤞 :)

Who am I?

I’m ‘me’ Dave Cowen ☀️💛 He/Him pronouns. But we use We/Us/Our in Post-Memoir 🧼🗣 for spiritual/artistic reasons 💟🎭 we intuit and will endeavor to find out…

Published by The New Yorker & McSweeney 🎩

Now mostly DIY 👨‍🔧

Self-published books 📚 featured in The New York Times 📰

And one that Wikipedia lists as perhaps the longest sentence 📜 in the English language🏅

Besides a shoutout on NPR 🎙, Shuffle Synchronicities was in the top 25 of its paid Substack category 📈 throughout the year of Volume 1 👏

Find more ‘me’ and ‘non-me’ things at my 🔗🌴

What are the Benefits of a Paid Subscription?

Since Volume 2 will focus on collaboration with others 🙏

After getting things up and running again 😅…

The guest posts will always be for Free Subscribers 🤗

While new solo posts will perhaps become for the Paid Subscribers 🤷

Paid Subscribers 💃🏿🕺 will receive an exclusive Substack thread with advice on How To Develop Our Own Shufflemancy Practice 🔮🫵😚

Founding Subscribers 🦸‍♀️🦸🏿‍♂️ will have the opportunity to book sessions to practice 🔀 Shuffling for ✨ Synchronicities together 🫂


Free and Paid Subscriber benefits are the same at the moment 🤫 but…

Paid Subscriptions help Volume 2 return to the top 25 in its category so others can discover the power of the 🔀✨! Also, much of the $ goes to collaborators like podcast guests & guest posters. So, you’d be a 😇

Hope you consider it 🤗!!!

Can We Guest Post?

Yes, please❗️❗️❗️

Any writer, on Substack or not; all people, whether ‘writers’ or not; are welcome to guest post 👐

Just like how Shuffle Synchronicities is post-music-criticism 🧐 in that there is no review of music as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ 🫶 there is also no editing of submissions 🤝

The only guideline is a shuffled-to-song is the starting point 😘

Contributors are gifted 🎁 Paid Subscriber status/benefits and perhaps more…

AKA every guest poster in Volume 1 was paid at least some 💸 ;)

If interested in collaborating in the format, email me 👍

EMAIL ShuffleSynchronicities@gmail.com

Podcasts 🎙 & Podscripts 🎙📇

As mentioned above we’re also introducing Podcasts

The first one is with Kiana Fitzgerald!

And Podscripts™️

The first one of those will be with Ray Padgett!

Also Now Includes A sub-Substack

Shuffle Synchroncities now includes a sub-Substack:

Link here!

Seriocomics is a weekly enthusiasm for a work of graphic literature 🖌️📒 that's partly serious partly comic 🎭

This author, under our given name, i.e. reverse nom de plume, is working toward finishing a first graphic novel currently titled:


A Romantic Seriocomic

About a newlywed couple who get mugged at gunpoint causing them to question their future together

Works of graphic literature enthused so far include:

ALL YOUR RACIAL PROBLEMS WILL SOON END written and drawn by Charles Johnson (published by New York Review Comics)

RADIUM GIRLS written and drawn by Cy (published by Glénat Editions & Iron Circus Comics)

"SMAHTGUY: The Life and Times of Barney Frank" written and drawn by Eric Orner (Published by Metropolitan & Henry Holt Books)


The archive of Volume 1 was going to be for Paid Subscribers 🔐

Then while writing this About Page there was a Shuffle 🔀 for a Synchronicity ✨

Based on the intention for an insight into this choice 🤔

Which got no joke/no lie 😮

“Price Tag” by Jessie J, B.o.B

With lyrics like:

Seems like everybody's got a price
I wonder how they sleep at night
When the sale comes first and the truth comes second


It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag


It seems quite clear what the Shuffle Spirits 😇🥰 are telling us


Nevertheless, we all probably understand that any help financially 💰 supporting our vocation 🧙‍♂️ (aka glamorous Substack writer lifestyle 😎) would be much appreciated 🫠 ;)

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Shuffling 🔀 playlists, then writing ✍️ & podcasting 🎙️ about how the songs 🎶 seem to Synchronize with life ✨


Dave Cowen
✍ Published in The New Yorker and McSweeney's DIY mostly now 🧑‍🔧 Self-published books 📚 featured in The New York Times Shuffle Synchronicities Substack 💌 shouted out by NPR 🗣️ https://linktr.ee/davecowen