Do not emit light yourself. You can glow, but only with radiance borrowed from elsewhere.
Take corporeal form. Acquire inertial mass.
Become at least partially diurnal, or failing that, inhabit a city that never sleeps.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to have a soul in order to have a shadow.
Maintain proximity with another body or surface, e.g. the ground, if you want visual evidence of your shadow.
Do not subsist mainly or entirely on a diet of blood.
If your shadow becomes inky, or disappears into Stygian darkness, you may need to dispense with the fedora and trenchcoat.
If you’re new to shadow-casting, work on getting a crisp, dark umbra before advancing to a penumbra and—for advanced students only—an antumbra.
To make your shadow dance, dance. To make your shadow talk, stand on a streambank.
Learn from your shadow. Broken glass won’t cut it, barbed wire can’t stop it, mud doesn’t stick.
Whether or not you have a dark side, you can do your part to keep the world from becoming a desert, blasted by the implacable light of reason.
At noon on the equator, your shadow will stretch into the earth like a vein of pyrite.
If your shadow is crossed by the shadow of a black cat, throw pepper over your shoulder.
Keep your friends close and your shadow closer.
Do not attempt to make love to your shadow. That’s been shown to cause amnesia in laboratory rats.
Don’t share your shadow with strangers. Ideally, everyone should cast his or her own.
If you see nothing, say nothing. The shadow government appreciates your cooperation.
OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES
- How to wake up
- How to eat
- How to walk
- How to listen
- How to wait
- How to breathe
- How to find things
- Manual: How to make videopoems, courtesy of Swoon
- How to lose
- How to dance
- How to procreate
- How to play
- How to listen: the movie
- How to mourn
- How to calculate
- How to grow up
- How to spit
- How to burn
- How to mourn, Belgian-style
- How to make a fist
- How to make a face
- How to sacrifice
- How to take notes
- How to talk
- How to dig
- How to sleep
- How to cast a shadow
- How to teem
- How to fit in
- How to sit
- How to panic
- How to exist
- How to drive
- How to question authority
- How to cook
- How to find things (videopoem)
- How to distress furniture
- How to meditate
- How to be a poet