that were loved? Three years before Dave Eggers wrote back to the Harvard Advocate, another manifesto spelled out a related ethos for the age. When I was 25, I used to write these incredibly snotty, hostile articles attacking big-name, nonfiction journalists. The rant is directed to myself, age 20, as much as it is to you, so remember that if you ever want to take much offense. "Swan Lake" is essential to the classical canon, so Black Swan must be taken seriously (and Natalie Portman, having let it be known that she put herself through ballet training, is essentially a prima ballerina). An unaccountable power is monitoring the entire global flow of informationwhich amounts, in contemporary practice, to monitoring thought itself. Share it, this quantity of reading. "the Protect America Act". Michael Bloomberg is almost incapable of acting out interpersonal niceness, per se, as mayor, but smarm is at the infuriating core of Bloombergism and all its related forms of "centrism" and technocracy.
Those who oppose the agenda are "interest groups whose selfish greed makes them unable to see reason, or "ideologues." Those who promote it are disinterested and nonideological. TChalla was not only strong and educated; he was also royalty. Or at least they (let's be honest: we) don't want to be decent on those terms. They had instilled in them, young, a certain discipline, the sense that one lives by doing things one does not particularly want to do, by putting fears and doubts to one side, by weighing immediate comforts against the possibility of larger, even intangible, comforts. In brief, people with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called character, a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to other, more instantly negotiable virtues. Burn that damnable "ladder" and ask yourself: What have I accomplished that I can unabashedly brag about? It was a matter of misplaced self-respect.
Bush's challenge by naming a running mate who is more associated with positions of moral responsibility than almost any other politician today. If you want people to see you as a powerful brand, act like a credible leader. Publish a long, serious article and wait for the discomfiting benedictions to roll in from Longform and Longreads: Here is a piece of writing that has attained a certain lengtha form that you can read, secure in the knowledge that someone did a lot. Hollywood has never produced a blockbuster this splendidly black.