Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rainn Wilson Launches the Website SoulPancake

Actor Rainn Wilson plays a big, boorish, thoughtless baffoon on “The Office.” So when we heard the star behind Dwight Schrute was starting a new website, we figured it would be filled with oh-so-clever comedy sketches and hipster references.

Instead, Wilson has teamed with two of his friends, Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry, to create what is sure to be one of the Internet’s coolest and most insightful destinations.

Don’t let the name Fool you, SoulPancake, is not just another goofy celebrity vanity  project. As a side note, Wilson, Homick, and Gundry did say they wrestled with the name considering “Spirit Waffle (too square) and Soul Casserole (because, let's be honest, casserole is a bitch to spell).”

We’ll let the mission statement from the SoulPancake FAQ page speak for itself:

“There’s a deeper MISSION at play, It's a MOVEMENT to wrestle with and chew on LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS. It's a way to EXPLORE why we believe the things that we believe. It's a place for you to TALK about your soul and the existence of God. It's a space to ENGAGE in art, philosophy, creativity, truth, and beauty. And ultimately, SoulPancake is a community of people who are digging DEEPER to figure out what it means to be human and to experience this rich, strange, difficult, and awesome journey called life.”

The site’s exclusive features include:

• Creative Challenges – Members are encouraged to share photos of acts of kindness, write Haiku’s about what makes them angry, and post examples of their childhood artwork.

• Explorations – Readers are invited to comment on themes like “Is real love boring?” and “What experience completely changed your belief system?”

• Life’s Little Lists – Fans can add their thoughts to debates like “List three ways the music industry has let you down” and “List three gurus that rub you the wrong way.”

• Life’s Big Questions – Followers can contemplate the universe’s heavier topics like “Can you ever really escape your family” and “Are we growing out of religion.”

If this is all too new-age-y for you and you’re just looking for a dose of Rainn Wilson, his personal content will live in it’s own section called Metaphysical Milkshake.

Somehow we don't see Dwight joining the debate any time soon but you can always keep track of his thoughts at Schrute Space.

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