Monday, April 29, 2013

People Aren’t Born To Switch On And Off Like Water Faucets

"Old seltzer men never die, they just lose their spritzer." Endearing piece about the last of the great seltzer men. I didn't even know that was a profession. Who knew you could build a career from bubbles? I want to have dinner with Eli Miller. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

"People aren’t born to switch on and off like water faucets." Interesting perspective from a 70's prostitute on taking your work home with you. As a former whore, I can certainly relate. Clocking out on Friday afternoon is a glorious moment. Yay weekends!

"Story is the fundamental instrument of thought." Once we understand the role of story, human beings are a hundred times easier to understand. Thanks, Mark Turner.

"You always have to be available to your own work." Says writer Meg Wolitzer. Partially true. On one hand, inspiration arrives unannounced. And if you don't write it down, it never happened. On the other hand, you always have to be available to your own health. And if you don't put that before work, you might end up in a hospital with a tube in your chest.

"Trade other people's discomfort for their own technological convenience." If you wear Google Glasses, you are an asshole. Couldn't agree more. Do we really need another toy to keep us from being present with each other? Do really need another tool for eliminating any shred of privacy?

"Their services have become relics used by people who had never bothered to change their habits." Since Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive of Yahoo, I've seen more than hundred articles about her style, philosophy and company. And yet, none of them have pointed out the obvious fact: Nobody has used Yahoo since 1996. 

"Meeting someone for coffee is a wonderful, compact, accessible and portable social interaction." Jerry on coffee. For a man who writes about nothing, he sure knows how to craft a sentence. The best Jerry, the best.