Quote of the day
In New York City alone more than $100,000 a day is paid in gratuities to waiters, hotel employes, chauffers, barbers and allied classes. But New York has reached a subserviency to the tipping custom that is amazing in a democratic country.
This vast tribute is paid for not more real service than the Barbery pirates rendered to those from whom they exacted tribute. It is given to workers who are paid by the employers to perform the services enjoyed by the public. If the Barbary pirates could see the ease with which a princely tribute is exacted from a docile public by the tip-takers, they would yearn to be reincarnated as waiters in America–the Land of the Fee!
~WILLIAM RUFUS SCOTT, author of The itching palm; a study of the habit of tipping in America
To be creative is not the same as creating a painting, writing a book, or performing on Broadway, and it’s well past time we stopped treating it as such. To be creative is to create change in the world around you.
The Idea Person waltzes into the office on a Monday morning feeling light as a feather, her mind blooming like a lotus flower. An idea is unfurling! And what a marvelous idea it is, shimmering with promise, twinkling with the anticipation of what could be. Though the idea at this stage is barely a ghost, Idea Person can already see, taste, or touch some piece of it—a flawless sentence, a scene that brings a lump to the throat, a striking concept, an intuitive interaction.
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How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for “the best”
We’ve all heard the phrase “practice smarter, not harder,” but what does that really mean? What does “smarter” practice actually look like? A study of collegiate piano majors suggests that the key lies in how we handle mistakes.
Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York–tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?
If you read anything about Susan Sontag written since her death in 2004, it won’t take long for you to stumble across the fact that she could be, as Terry Castle puts it in her agonizingly generous essay “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “weally weally mean!” Sontag’s arrogance, her condescension, her inhospitality — often, the earlier and more prominently these ad feminam excoriations figure in the review at hand, the less earnest the engagement with her work that follows.
A crayfish is not a fish, an outrage is not a rage, and there’s no bomb in bombast. Words suggest one thing, but their histories tell us another.
It’s important to keep in mind that while readers may come to share that love for your character,they’ll probably never reach the depths of passion that would interest them in watching, for hours on end, as your awesome protagonist does … nothing.