🦊 Quick Brown Fox

Hey there! I’m Salman, and this is my weekly newsletter. I share essays, comics and fables on creativity, self-awareness, and playful productivity. If you’d like to get a sense of my writing, here are links to some of my best work:

Essays on my Blog

  • The Polymath Playbook — Modern society is designed for specialists, but there are huge benefits to taking a polymath approach to life. This essay is the story of my life and how I learned to embrace my inner polymath. It’s by far my most popular piece (having gone viral on Twitter and HackerNews back in 2020), and showed me I’m not alone in my generalist mindset.

  • Creativity

    • Low Stakes, Strong Takes — Instead of dumping all of our work into the ocean of public social media, we can share it in controlled environments. We can let it swim in friendly waters—streams and bays, rivers and lakes. There is an entire spectrum of sharing between private and public—you might call it semi-public sharing.

    • Peeling the Onion — I like to think of writing as peeling layers from the onion of my mind. Each layer is meaningful, but it is just one layer of many. If what I’m writing now is just the outer layers, what lies hidden beneath?

  • Philosophy

    • Bumps Are the Road — What if we looked at life not as a mission to avoid the bumps, but a challenge to embrace them? We may look back and realize those weren’t bumps on the road—the bumps are the road.

    • Altering Your Reality — How to stop worrying about what others think, inspired by the wisdom of Alfred Adler in Courage to be Disliked.

Notes in my Digital Garden

  • Writing Guide — My best writing advice. I’ve been building this guide over time and it covers a range of challenges including overcoming writer’s block, improving your craft, and evolving how you measure your writing.

  • Bookshelf — My favorite books. I’ve been publishing annual posts with my favorite books of the year.

Videos on my YouTube Channel

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