So Now


"Number one internet-related irritation is overdoing it on this: declaring that one is 'quitting' or 'taking a break!' or posting something that starts with 'Sorry I’ve been away so long!' as though it’s a recurring matter of such vibrating interest that waves crest and break in the martini glasses atop the (literal, here) Algonquin round table. I prefer the Conan O’Brien model, which I think I first heard en paraphrase on Pete Holmes’ podcast: just keep ringing your bell – the bell that is pitched at the sound you alone can make – and whoever needs or wants to hear it will hear it. Happily, steadily ringing your own bell does not include making a loud, crackling announcement when you stop to pee."

From my newsletter, The Feeling, on September 2, 2016. Subscribe here.

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Kate Carraway