The most brilliant and original novels and works of art and theorems and
discoveries of recent history were all greeted as idealistic, impractical,
bizarre, delusional or utterly wrong at one point or another. This is how good
things come into being: Someone listens politely to the opinionated blowhard,
shakes his hand, and forgets all of that priceless advice within
Unfortunately, the man in the gray suit may quickly grow impatient. Whether
you're working on your thesis or coming up with a new marketing model or writing
experimental fiction or challenging the current notions about internet browsing
habits, you may not have a lot of time to try out your approach. In Conan's
case, thanks to Leno's spectacular failure, he had a few short months.
And sure, plenty of experiments fail. But what's the alternative? A nation
of copycats, playing it safe, catering to the lowest common denominator.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Salon's Heather Havrilesky sums it up nicely in response to Dick Ebersol's boneheadedness: