Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Oh cool, more stuff about introverts.

Don't have too too much to say about this article other than to applaud their recognition that being an introvert doesn't mean you're a socially awkward misanthrope - rather, it means that you prefer low stimulation environments. That needs to be clarified way more than it is.

Workplaces need to be de-extroverted too, and really, professional life as a whole needs to calm the hell down. It's reaching the point where there's nothing for you in this world if you're not a natural salesperson or a type-A business school graduate, and it's especially frustrating that being an artist now depends on the ability to spend most of your time and energy turning your life into reality television, to paraphrase Bobcat Goldthwait. People claim that writers don't understand that, but we do - we just hate it because it's draining and it takes time away from our craft and it's often a convenient excuse for publishers to not spend money on promoting their authors because they think the Internet equals free money.

Ironically, the preceding paragraph makes me sound like a socially awkward misanthrope, and a bitter one at that. But I will be promoting myself with three readings in the next four weeks, so I think I've got a ways to go before I go completely Salinger and start peeing in jars.