Ask Andrew W.K.: My Friends Resent My Success

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[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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'm having a really hard time after losing what I thought was my life. I'm in a place now where I've lost my marriage, my business, and my day-to-day existence. I'm unemployed and struggling with two children on my own. I'm having a midlife crisis and don't know which way to go. I'm primarily a floral designer and a landscape gardener, and I love music. Do I focus on what I love to do? Or do I try to bust into a new career?

-- Laura

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Can I Turn a Dog Into a Gentleman?

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Ashley Eberbach
[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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]

By Andrew W.K.

Dear Andrew, In my younger years, I struggled with mental illness. My extreme energy would manifest in bizarre physical rituals, such as jogging backwards while reading, or doing robot dances in the street at all hours of the night. Now I'm much better and have a stable existence working for myself and keeping an even keel. While I got my life together, I developed a great workout routine, but because of too much exercise or too many robot dances, I had to have back surgery and now I can't even run across the street. My passion for being alive has always been about jumping around, playing the drums, and doing silly dances. Now that I can't do that anymore, I find it hard to find inspiration in the more cerebral world I've been forced into. What would YOU do if you had an injury and couldn't party as hard as you wanted to?

-- Active

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Any Tips For Coping With Post-Traumatic Stress?

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Frank Longhitano

[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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]

By Andrew W.K.

Hey, Andrew!

My name is Charlie. I'm a car salesman. Back in November I was involved in a car wreck during a test drive with a customer. No fatalities, thank goodness, but I did break some vertebrae in my neck. I had to take a leave of absence to recover. Good news is, I still have mobility and will make a full recovery. My problem is, the thought of going back to work scares me. I'm worried I won't be a good car salesman anymore, and that I won't keep my composure during test drives. What should I do?

-- Nervous

See also: Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Experiment With the Same Sex?


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Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Experiment With the Same Sex?

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[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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]

By Andrew W.K.

Dear Mister Double You Kay,

For most of my life I've identified as a straight male, but for some reason, I've been wanting to experiment with the same sex. I still find women attractive, but I've always had that "what if" question in the back of my mind about men. Do you offer any advice on this?

- Anonymous

See also: Our Ask Andrew W.K. archive

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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Overcome the Guilt of Unwittingly Taking Someone's Virginity?

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[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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]

By Andrew W.K.

Dear King of Party, Like many female Angelenos, I like to frequent dating websites. That's where I met this banging anarcho-punk dude -- let's call him Ted. We hit it off and went on a few dates. He's in his late twenties, has a job and seems like a total babe. We ended up going back to my place one night, and before you know it, we were in the sack and having the most mundane sex anyone's ever had. Afterwards, he rolled over and became visibly upset. I asked him what's wrong, and what came out of his mouth sent me careening into a black hole of immediate anxiety. "I'm a virgin," he said. Maybe that's not as big of a deal as I thought it was. He spent the night and the next morning I told him I had work. I've been casually blowing him off ever since. Now he's Snapchatting me 24/7 in a desperate attempt to get my attention. What do I do!?

The Virginity Taker

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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Keep the Demons in My Mind at Bay?

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[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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]

By Andrew W.K.

Dear Andrew W.K.

Thank you for spreading your power of positive partying. I am ready for a move in my career and know that I will not be able to go any higher at my current company. If I were to follow my passion, it would mean leaving my current city, but I am in love with where I am living and with my friends and family here. I'm worried that if I DO follow my passion for my career, I might end up very unhappy being so far away from the life I've built, but I also know that if I stay, a big part of me will never be satisfied. I feel like my heart is invested in both sides of this dilemma equally. In your infinite party wisdom, what would you suggest I do? Follow my dreams and leave town or stay close to my friends in a job that is not good for me?

Indecisive Over-thinker

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Ask Andrew W.K.: What Do You Do if You Suspect Your Man is Cheating?

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[Editor's note: Every Tuesday 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]

By Andrew W.K.

Dear Andrew,

I think my boyfriend may be cheating on me. I'm very close to looking through his computer to see if there are any clues. Should I or is that just THE WORST?

Help Me,

Curious

See also: New Weekly Feature: Ask Andrew W.K.

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New Weekly Feature: Ask Andrew W.K.

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Jesse Dittmar

About a month or two ago, we asked Andrew W.K. — that great unwashed Rock God, party incarnate, a walking/talking ode to the Power of Positive Mental Attitude — if he would be at all interested in writing an advice column for us. Of course he was. And what I mean by that is, "Of course he was interested. Because he's interested in everything. He's interested in life. Every single, solitary bit of it."

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