👋 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 🫂

NOTE:

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:

SHOULD WE, um, BUY A GUN?

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)

Lastly

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

And:

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

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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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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