The combination of ceaseless innovation and low-wage drudgery makes Amazon the epitome of a successful New Economy company. It’s hiring as fast as it can—nearly thirty thousand employees last year. But its brand of creative destruction might be killing more jobs than it makes. According to a recent study of U.S. Census data by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, in Washington, brick-and-mortar retailers employ forty-seven people for every ten million dollars in revenue earned; Amazon employs fourteen. — George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books?
Odd moment of transition: went for a run and listened to music, at which time I will typically fantasize about singing the song that’s playing in front of a suitably impressed audience. (I have twenty years if experience doing this.)
But during today’s run, I fantasized the songs were song by my daughters, acting as a White Stripes-style two-piece or an Oasis-style equal-leader setup.
The Times says blogs didn’t exist in 2000. They weren’t hip, but they were there.
I want to do what she does in the video. — Bug, watching the Gaga video where she molests an inflatable killer whale in a wading pool.
At the festival [Sundance, his final public appearance], Mr. Hoffman spoke of having little time to see movies lately, but said he had enjoyed “Frozen” with his children. — No active father, not even PSH, has time to see good movies.
Inevitable consequence of #AmericanPortions
Sure, the dreaming part is fun and freeing, but the organizing and writing down of plotlines and themes is tough business. It’s much easier to forget all that and just sit down and start writing and see what happens. But if you check what most writers who don’t outline have to say about their work habits, you will discover that they end up doing several drafts of a book and any number of rewrites afterwards.
I don’t. I do one draft, one rewrite, and I’m done.
Is this because I’m a better writer than they are? In my dreams. No, it has to do with how you want to allocate your workload. The truth is simple. You can either do the hard work up front or do it at the end. By outlining, you are doing the hard work in the beginning- the thinking, the organizing, the weighing and considering, and the making of choices. By doing it early, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort at the end. Put it off, and you pay the price later. Writing requires a certain amount of suffering for the pleasure it gives back. Nothing you do will ever change that. But you can help yourself by distributing the load. — Terry Brooks (via writingquotes)
Daphne pretty much nailed it, @catherinecraw