“Everyone jokes about how supposedly soulless PR and marketing people are, but dealing with the masses is difficult, time-consuming, and an actual skill. To survive emotionally in a high-profile situation, you need a layer of protection between yourself and the raw feedback of humanity.”—The Bottom Feeder: Why Indie Developers Go Insane (via peterwknox)
“A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: ‘There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.’”—
Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via thisisendless)
“Why are you adding that link to Facebook? Will it be valuable to the many people who will see it? Or are you just flashing a Prius-shaped gang sign to your pals? If it’s the latter, keep it to yourself.”—
“For many—and for better or for worse—the BlackBerry marked the dawn of a modern era in which work doesn’t end at five o’clock but, rather, follows you home and stays by your side, blinking that little red light like a faithful pet that feels neglected.”—Vauhini Vara on BlackBerry’s fall: http://nyr.kr/16u7X0g (via newyorker)
Burning Man… has become a place where CEOs, venture capitalists and startuppers can network (while wearing, at most, swimsuits). While neither money, branding nor barter are allowed, suddenly companies are getting funded, co-founders are meeting, and people are getting jobs right on the playa. Among the 68,000 costumed and dust-covered attendees are some unexpected names - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg goes. So do Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. And Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Anarchists parking Priuses next to ramshackle tents and tarps are now sharing the sand with wealthy techies arriving, via private jets, at luxury desert camps fully staffed with cooks, masseuses and assistants…
'It's hard to be a billionaire at Burning Man, even though there are so many of them.'
Having him sub removed all pressure and made fans realize how good The Daily Show with John Oliver will one day be.
Hear, hear. Oliver has successfully carried over the razor sharp wit The Daily Show is famous for while offering a fresh take and a new spin on a tried and true formula. It has been a truly inspiring performance.
It’s been so good that I almost hate him having to give it back to Jon, who I’m sure will quickly remind me that he’s still got it.
John Oliver had the best Summer ever. I think I (like most) was hesitant and scared of change, even if temporary. I forgot about all that in under a week.
I love John Stewart but Oliver is a better interviewer.