AJ Leon

founder. author. misfit.

Essays

The Very Last Inch or Death by a Thousand Cuts

"What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny."-- Anaïs Nin  And there I sat. More isolated and hopeless than I...

The Very Last Inch or Death by a Thousand Cutsajleon

When I Waked I Cried to Dream Again

Here's something you may or may not know about me. The first company I ever started was in 2001. It was called Lancaster Acting Company. We were a professional Shakespearean theatre company. Our vision was to democratize Shakespeare. To bring Shakespeare "down" as it were, back to the groundlings, where I felt he could...

When I Waked I Cried to Dream Againajleon

Learning Everything Except the Art of Learning

Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance. - Isaac Watts  Much is made of the tale of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the Sun. But very few know about his cousin, Perdix. When Perdix was a young boy, he showed great promise as a student of the mechanical arts. His mother, desiring only the...

Learning Everything Except the Art of Learningajleon

This Is Not Your Practice Life

Leave a mark that can't erase neither space nor time. So when the director yells cut, I'll be fine, I'm forever young. - Shawn Carter, Forever Young 2009 AD. Who can go up to heaven? Only the gods dwell forever. Men number their days. But even if I fall I will win fame. And fame lasts...

This Is Not Your Practice Lifeajleon

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