I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of “experiences.” I’m made of them.
I do think I’m good at what I do and I’m not afraid to say so and own that. And that’s actually really rare. I think a lot of people have never encountered a relatively youngish woman who is sure of herself, fairly fearless, and likes herself just as a human being. And that can be really terrifying for middle-aged men that have some kind of artistic dream they never fulfilled ‘cause it’s like I’m taking up this space in the culture that they think they should be occupying. And it’s also terrifying for people of any gender, of any age who aren’t really sure of themselves, aren’t really fearless, and don’t really know what they want out of life or don’t particularly like themselves.
So that’s who doesn’t like me.
"I see my role much like a small-town praire banker in the 1880’s. My job is to project an aura of calm, solvency, and permanence in an industry where none of those adjectives applies."
"The bad news is, you gain perspective by having incredibly shitty things happen to you and the people you love. Nature has made it so that perspective is only delivered in bulk quantities. A railcar of perspective arrives and dumps itself on your lawn when all you needed was a microgram. This is a grossly inefficient aspect of the human condition, but I’m sure bright minds in Silicon Valley are working on a fix."—-
Highlights from Maciej Cegłowski’s 5th anniversary Pinboard blogpost
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