On career advice


But seeking employment based on any one “hard skill” is an outdated way of thinking.

via You Don’t Need To Learn To Code + Other Truths About the Future of Careers – 99U.

Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.

via Literary Review – Christopher Hart on the daily rituals of great minds.



And, finally, he was right.


“I really am beginning to think as I restudied these matters that there’s going to be no big display of any kind. The end is going to come very, very quietly.”

via Harold Camping, Radio Entrepreneur Who Predicted World’s End, Dies at 92 – NYTimes.com.


‘A sterile,’ and presumably better-smelling, end to the series.


…something primal is lost when the boozy, sweaty chaos of a clubhouse has been replaced by a planned postgame event with players and team personnel milling on the field.

via On Fox, a Sterile End to a Series – NYTimes.com.


Why my town is better than your town.


Thus began Mr. Diaz’s habit of having his morning sustenance delivered directly to his car. “I have the whole works,” said Mr. Diaz, a shoe salesman. “Bacon, eggs, home fries, toast. I have a real breakfast in my car. It smells like a restaurant.”

via In Age of Anywhere Delivery, the Food Meets You for Lunch – NYTimes.com.


It is high, it is far, it has gone on too long.


Sterling’s penchant for miscalling a play, or not describing action with absolute accuracy, is maddening and suggests a problem with his eyesight. On Tuesday in Toronto, he saw something that did not happen, or perhaps he called something he wished had happened.

via Voice of Yanks Is Maddening and Memorable – NYTimes.com.


The life of a (newspaper copy) editor.


It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life, to be rather driven by the fear of evil, than attracted by the prospect of good; to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage, or punished for neglect, where success would have been without applause, and diligence without reward.

via » Preface – A Dictionary of the English Language – Samuel Johnson – 1755.


Publishing has a problem.


…nearly 1.8m new titles were published in 2012, an increase of half a million in just three years. …A recent survey revealed that one in four Americans had read not a book in over a year.

via Writers should take a year off, and give us all a break | Books | The Guardian.

A boy and his piano.


…I performed the first movement as a musical interlude during a school function. Despite some tangled passagework, my playing, if I remember, was full of tragic intensity.

via A Critic’s Ode to a Childhood Joy in Classical Music – NYTimes.com.


Article in Home section on hippie stone mason turns into sordid reality show by the jump.


…“she’s an artist rather than a waller…” …It’s a two-meter-high helix made of fieldstone, without a dab of mortar… …her son “lives in a town five miles from here,” she said, “and I haven’t seen his face in five years.” …“She was stoned a lot, and I was hungry a lot…”

via Thea Alvin on Life With Pebbles and Bam Bam – NYTimes.com.


Wanted: Sycophants for Douchebags.


Salaries begin at $45,000 for recent graduates and can reach as high $160,000 for head butlers — although as Gary Williams of the British Butler Institute points out, those at the higher end of the pay scale “don’t have much of a life.”

via By Jeeves! Britain experiencing a butler boom – Salon.com.