24 June 2011

June 24, 2011

For my next trick I will both amaze and dazzle you.

I’ve been telling people that I feel old, like an adult, like there’s no more messing around, no more excuses. I could mess around yesterday, but not today — today I have to get to work, do legitimate things, start a 401k, put a down payment on something. People expect things now. People shrug their shoulders.

I helped interview someone for a job today. It felt like a very 24 year old thing to do.

Janessa told me to be nice to the girl, to be the kind of person I would want to interview with. I said I wanted to scare the hell out of her.

I was pretty nice, though, I think. I nodded while she answered and helped her along when she got stuck. She was pretty nervous. She kept pressing the wrinkles out of her skirt.

I’ve been thinking a lot about careers, about work, about what it all means. My thoughts haven’t quite come together, but I think it has something to do with death, with time, and with the financial crisis in America. I bought the book Walden because I thought it might help put things into perspective. After that, I’m going to read the Big Short.

Joel was saying that there are only so many different stories we can tell — like three total — and everything else is just a variation. There’s the love story, the tragedy, and that one episode from three’s company.

I sort of think he’s right though. I think it’s all actually incredibly simple, incredibly basic. When you wonder why a story or an essay or a photograph or a video is so good, it’s probably because it hits on something elemental — love, death, boredom, freedom.

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