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Check your anhedonia privilege.
I wouldn’t go to the prom with you if you were Elliot Gould!
There was an anonymous Internet commenter who was smug and wrong about language evolution and the applicability of etymology and I had an angry, self-righteous reply all typed out, but then I didn’t hit “submit” and erased it instead. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY. NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER STOP BELIEVING.
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— Cool, looking forward to the TED Talk!
(Source: The Awl)
And by that I mean actual blogging, like where where you write things down. I say to myself: try to type everything you believe, one by one.
There’s a reason to do this, and it’s because you can believe something for years without doubting it, and then as soon as you see it written down you know it’s wrong.
How very high-low. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, was in Chipotle one day and he was quite miffed that he had nothing to read while he munch on his burrito. “I really just wanted to die with frustration,” he told Vanity Fair.
The author was so riled that he emailed the Chipotle C.E.O. Steve Ells directly: “I bet a s—load of people go into your restaurants every day, and I bet some of them have very similar experiences, and even if they didn’t have that negative experience, they could have a positive experience if they had access to some kind of interesting text…Wouldn’t it be cool to just put some interesting stuff on it? Get really high-quality writers of different kinds, creating texts of different kinds that you just give to your customers as a service.”
Ells knew a good thing when he saw it, so he gave Foer the green light to select writers and edit their stories for Chipotle’s cups. Foer composed a short called “Two Minute Personality Test” and then asked Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and Michael Lewis to contribute pieces. “I tried to put together a somewhat eclectic group, in terms of styles,” he said. “I wanted some that were essayistic, some fiction, some things that were funny, and somewhat thought provoking.”
Vanity Fair asked if he had any reservations about working with Chipotle, being that his nonfiction book Eating Animals was critical look at the American food industry and our culture’s gluttonous obsession with eating. He said that Chipotle wasn’t one of the fast food villains, but “that’s not really why I did this. I mean, I wouldn’t have done it if it was for another company like a McDonald’s, but what interested me is 800,000 Americans of extremely diverse backgrounds having access to good writing. A lot of those people don’t have access to libraries, or bookstores. Something felt very democratic and good about this.””
There are so many gross things about this my head exploded.
To begin with Chipotle was owned by McDonald’s? They were a local chain until they were bought by McDonald’s in 1998 and then divested in 2006. I’m just saying, more than a little ironic that he speaks of McDonald’s so disdainfully here when McDonald’s investment is what allowed Chipotle to gain national franchise success.
Many Americans don’t have access to libraries or bookstores so I decided to write stuff on cups? For a small (lol) fee. You’re welcome poors.
He just wanted to “die of frustration” because he didn’t have anything to read while eating his burrito.
"something felt very democratic and good about this." Oh! Was it the money? Guys? (whispers) I think it was the money.