"As for my take I think babies cry because becoming self aware is a traumatic experience."
"[T]he lack of electronics inside made me feel like I’d physically directed the light onto the film myself."
"Glass helped me appreciate what a monster I have become, tethered to the thing in my pocket. I’m too absent. Can yet another device make me more present? Or is it just going to be another distraction? Another way to stare off and away from the things actually in front of us, out into the electronic ether? I honestly have no idea."
"Religions are supposed to have incoherent story lines. It’s your job to impose meaning."
"Crossfit sex resembles interval sex with one noteworthy challenge: counting. When I count silently in my head, I lose track, so I start counting out loud. To keep it sexy I try using a sultry voice, but end up sounding like a creepy version of the Count from Sesame Street."
"Through smarm, [centrists] have cut themselves off from the language of actual dispute. An entire political agenda—privatization of government services, aggressive policing, charter schooling, cuts in Social Security—has been packaged as apolitical, a reasonable consensus about necessity. Those who oppose the agenda are “interest groups,” whose selfish greed makes them unable to see reason, or “ideologues.” Those who promote it are disinterested and nonideological. There is no reason for the latter to even engage the former. In smarm is power."
"The most long-term success tends to come from reducing, to the greatest extent possible, the need for agreement and consensus."
"There’s no page-turning in radio, only channel switching. So you have to make people care about every story."