Our first experience of belonging (or not, for some) is of a family. And even in dysfunctional families, the parental authority, if it’s worth anything enforces the “he/she is weird, but he/she is ours.” In school, also, for the truly odd kid, the teacher and the supervising assistant, or whatever, are the ones who intervene … More Why Oddballs Like Authoritarianism – And Why They Shouldn’t
Good post by Christian Mihai. The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. – Lorraine Hansberry Most people loathe solitude. Silence. The empty room. Nothing but their minds for company… But, to paraphrase John Steinbeck, all great and precious things are built in … More The War for Art is Fought Within You
At least, that’s the practical upshot of this otherwise jargon-free article about using Facebook to increase your awareness. Useful in that it advocates not trying to make Facebook into something it isn’t. Facebook is an absolutely amazing platform to build and grow your business. What’s even better than that? It’s absolutely free to use! The … More One Must Engage to Get “Engagement”
The good news is, I didn’t pay for it. Here’s a mostly-fun article by Dwight Garner, about the joy of having enemies: This is a column, however, about that old-fashioned word—enemies. Today we more often speak of “rivals” or “competitors.” Richard Nixon would have been vastly duller had he compiled a rivals list instead of an … More I Picked Up a Copy of Esquire and Now I Regret It.
AKA, Reflections Appropriate to Any Time Spend on Twitter I hate your stupid opinions. I hate reading them. I hate hearing you express them. I hate the way you just repeat things you’ve heard. I hate the way you never pause to examine if anything you’re repeating is true. I hate the way Social Media … More Everything You Idiots Care About is Stupid
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Old theology joke: Q: How do you make God Laugh? A: Tell him your plans. Significant Life Decisions have paused my publishing schedule. Nothing bad; no one’s dying or divorcing. Merely an adjustment in real property ownership requiring a core-dump-level Purge of personal property ownership. Huh? That sentence made sense in my head. Further bulletins … More Everything is On Hold.