Today I encountered two insights simply too good not to reprint here. First, from Jack W Burtch, Jr.'s essay [pdf] in the new issue of the Virginia Lawyer :
"Becoming a partner is a decision, not a reward. . . . Becoming a partner in a law firm is like winning a pie-eating contest where the prize is more pie."
Second, from the latest installment of John Dickerson's peerless Slate coverage of the presidential campaigns:
"94.3 percent of the time Obama never really tells the audiencesanything uncomfortable though he boasts that he will 100 percent of thetime. What he promises them instead is to tell people they don't like(auto executives and Wall Street fat cats) what those groups don't want to hear."
Unsurprisingly, my esteemed colleague
traced the origins
of the "pie" quip long ago.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.