The Wisdom of Russell Brand


Right now, I'm avidly reading Russell Brand's "My Booky Wook," which I think is a brilliant autobiography, though I don't know how biased I am because I'm a massive fan. Like, in a I-want-him-to-be-my-best-friend kind of fan way. Or at least one day I hope to have a BFE (Best Friend Experience) for at least a day with Russell. Maybe I can convince an editor to assign me that story...

Anyway, turns out not only is he hilarious, but also wise -- in my favorite kind of everyday observations-ish way of wise.
"I realized that the outer surface of what I thought was my unique, individual identity was just a set of routines. We all have an essential self, but if you spend every day chopping up meat on a slab, and selling it by the pound, soon you'll find you've become a butcher. And if you don't want to become a butcher (and why would you?), you're going to have to cut right through to the bare bones of your own character in the hope of finding out who you really are."
"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn