Na-a-ah, fuck that shit. I'm tired of waiting in checkout lines behind all those damn billionaires.
If you are boring to listen to, then how interesting could you possibly be to read? I don't understand what do these people think "being a writer" is. If you have nothing interesting to say (as in: your own friends are bored out of their skulls with you), I don't give a shit what schools you went to, how hard you work, who do you connect with, etc. You can't be a writer and that's the end of it.
This issue plays right into the argument of those who say that the main problem with modern American writers is that they don't know how to write about anything other than themselves, and that's a very boring topic.
"are you a balls-out kinda guy"
Nice try, but that Slate article doesn't allow for the possibility that you can be a guy and be inappropriate. It's just not possible. Women are the only danger to "the office", and the only way to fix women is to make them be like men as much as possible.
Of course, many companies out here do great business without having an office at all, but that defeats the purpose of doing business. Which is to have offices and be better at fitting into "the environment" than those, you know... women.
@ubu "YAY! I was hoping someone smart would read that thing so I didn't have to."
No shit, right? Thanks, Maria. This was fantastic. As always.
@Barry Grant So, what brings you here?
Where in the fuck is The "New York" Times from? They keep discovering Brooklyn, and haven't even heard of The Bronx yet!
"one of the many rappers to emerge from Brooklyn’s streets in the ’80s and ’90s. Including...KRS-One"
@Anarcissie Why not take the whole thumb? All any author really needs is a brain connected to the internet.
It takes an American to rank Boris Pasternak higher than (or anywhere near, for that matter) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It's quite a big problem with literature: some things (in language, culture, life experience, and way-of-thinking) just don't translate well enough, and some do much better than they were originally written.
@redtoenails See, this is what pisses me off about you young people: you think that a "friend" is just someone you do stuff together with. When something bad happens to you, any fucking stranger off the street (or on the internet) can say "face the reality". That's not friendship. The whole point of friendship is to have someone to help you deal with the harshness of the cold realities. When a dude rejects you, your friend is supposed to be there to make it better, not worse! Even if it is at her (minor) disadvantage (of missing out on a hot dude). She'll help you out today, then you'll help her out tomorrow. It's great and that's why people write these letters asking for help on how to make sure they don't blow a precious thing like that. Otherwise, what's the point of having a friend?
Great stuff, Polly. The first one was simple, but it's a very important rule for youngsters to understand: "hotties" you've met *through* close friends are off-limits, if those friends have had (and especially if they still have) romantic aspirations towards them.
The second one is hilarious: "I decided to go back to school", followed by "HE decided this". I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that this person chose to marry this guy not because he was "the right one", but because she was 38. Before that there was something better to do ("career-slash-life"), just like at 40 going back to school was acceptable, but at 46 she finally ran out of things to do, so now having another child became a must. I wouldn't want to be a child born into that situation, nor would I want to get a sibling under those circumstances.