Making eye contact with adults while dressed as a clown is risky.
Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value.
A vast percentage of the human race is literally not wired neurologically to get irony. Well more than half of humanity takes life at face value, which is to me terrifying.
You can get a subjective and highly factual dossier on most anyone in the public realm almost instantly. It's why publishers don't worry about author photos any more; people just Google a person and get on with things.
It's very strange that most people don't care if their knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations.
Most of us have only two or three genuinely interesting moments in our lives; the rest is filler.
No-tech tourism is a form of temporal eco-tourism in which one reads books or watches film and TV precisely because of the absence of 21st-century technologies.
To have a healthy culture, you have to have stable health care financing and stable arts financing and stable sports financing, and if you don't have that, your culture becomes a parking lot.
I've had maybe 20 jobs, big and small, and I've never hated any of them. At the same time, the moment the learning curve flattened, I was out of there.
North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989.
Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time.
Some people think fashion is frivolous but it's not... it's just that some ideas come and go quickly, and that's the nature of the language of fashion.
Time perception is very much about how you sequence your activities, how many activities you layer overtop of others, and the types of gaps, if any, you leave in between activities.
The whole point of Gen X was, and continues to be, a negation of being forced into Baby Boomerdom against one's will.
There used to be a tradition of the loveable rogue who would steal from the honour boxes in churches and buy a round of drinks with the money he snagged. And everyone would find him tremendously good company. But not any more.
A bland smile is like a green light at an intersection, it feels good when you get one, but you forget it the moment you're past it.
I'm pro-forwards. Do I want the Seventies to come back? No. The haircuts were terrible. Everyone stank. The food was awful.
Eagles are seagulls with a good hairdo.
I think money is due for some sort of collapse. People are going to realize that money has a half-life, like radioactive elements.
A ring is a halo on your finger.