i’ve got a lot of friends doing a lot of really interesting things with their lives these days, and i’m proud of them. particularly kids i went to high school and undergrad with. (and yes, you MFA kids are doing okay, i guess…) (but would one of you just publish a novel already, pls?) i’m really glad to see my talented friends blossoming. and even though i live in podunk city, i keep meeting people who are interesting and wonderful. sometimes i just bask in the glow of my wildly talented, attractive, intelligent friends and wish i could give them a similar satisfaction.

and then there are people that i don’t find talented, and beyond that, i find that they have absolutely no understanding of aesthetics or professionalism or networking or history or culture or anything else that i value. they’re insulated by people who believe they’re talented, which is nice for them, but it bugs the crap out of me. i begrudge them their success. and i’m very stingy with my willingness to participate in it.

you always hope in your life that people who are really good at things are going to succeed. we all know it’s not true — there are plenty of people working in any field you can name who are absolutely no good at it, and yet they make plenty of money.

okay, and talent’s totally subjective, too. clearly there are people in the world who think britney spears is talented. (i think maybe she’s talented at … like… publicity and choreography? but not necessarily singing.)

i’m trying to be generous and gracious, but i’m kinda’ ugly on the inside. i value my education. i value other people who value education. i like that most of my friends have lived abroad. i really love that some of them are so much smarter than me i have trouble keeping up with what they say, even if they’re just reviewing a pop culture phenomenon.

can i just not participate in the success of the people i find stupid, grating, irritating, and incapable? pleeeease?


1 Response to “talent”

  1. October 17, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

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