Now before you go thinking that I’m some horribly calculating automaton, first stop and think about how beneficial this kind of universal self-centeredness is.
A sort of 1984 for the Amazon.com generation, DFW’s over-a-thousand-pages opus deals with the state of a world that’s entirely steeped in advertising and consumerism.
Studies have shown that looking at pretty things like rolling hills, supermodels, and shiny cars significantly boosts one’s happiness.
The Paris versus New York debate ever rages on and below-the-belt remarks are tossed like grenades across both sides of the Atlantic.
When we live and travel abroad, every little nuance — the cracks in the sidewalk, the smell of fresh pastries, the wide horizon in the distance — all seem new.
Keeping those expectations measured. Well done, old sport.
Charisma isn’t something that anyone inherently has. It’s something that’s given you by those who respect you and what you have to say.
4. Using Facebook Too Much
A bicep squeeze, a longing stare, even a full-on, up-and-down check out will be taken as a compliment. In this instance, we’re all for being objectified.
The world has continued to spin, but it feels as though it has changed directions and begun to move backwards.