Anodyne
Saturday, June 04, 2016
 
Not my favorite writer, but these two paragraphs, and the clear-eyed op-ed they're excerpted from, are well put.

"It might sound odd, but pessimism relieves the excessive imaginative pressure that our romantic culture places upon marriage. The failure of one particular partner to save us from our grief and melancholy is not an argument against that person and no sign that a union deserves to fail or be upgraded.

The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn’t exist), but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently — the person who is good at disagreement. Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate differences with generosity that is the true marker of the 'not overly wrong' person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition."

Friday, June 03, 2016
 

"'I was fortunate to have a profitable, 1-man content farming small business as long as I did.'"

"'I have a blog called HIPSTER RUNOFF,' he begins. "Every day, I wake up, open my laptop, and type words that are stored in the internet as "content." My goal is to "get as many hits" as possible because I metaphorically "have mouths to feed." I realize that at this point, it doesn’t matter if my content is "premium," pseudo-brilliantly written web_prose or just "link-bait-wave," I was fortunate enough to not have gotten lost in the "long tail" of indie music + Gen-Y-opinion-driven coverage blogs. Every day, I prey upon different buzz topics, exploiting my voice, but more importantly, my position as a "recognized outlet 4 buzz" to try to trick people into thinking I am "relevant," which basically just means that I am trying to make ppl talk abt my blog and get them addicted to my web brand even if they hate it.'"
 

Q: Say you wanted to eradicate Lyme disease in Vancouver, what's the first thing you'd do, the one thing that would have a specific, measurable effect on the problem?

A: Well you'd definitely want to get some more ticks.

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