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Some lessons from Bruce Steinberg

Aug 24, 2010, 14:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Au contraire, I would routinely reply: the computer business (and corporate culture in general) is actually far crazier than the music business. Sure, in the music business, everyone is crazy, but they ~celebrate~ their insanity by sublimating it into writing, recording and promoting million-selling heartbreaking tunes anyone can relate to about being crazy (in love, life, or a bottle of Jim Beam), whereas in the computer business, everyone is ~just as crazy~, but they're in ~stone fucking denial~ about it -- and what's crazier than being in denial about one's own essential craziness?

"At that point I would generally stop short of suggesting that they go catch a 12-step meeting lest they think I was both preachy and crazy, but the fact is that a good grasp of recovery issues often helped me navigate through the maze of duplicity (and as Big Daddy said to Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," ~the strong smell of mendacity in the air~) on a daily basis, and keep me grounded in what indeed was real when people all around me were pissing on my shoes and telling me it's raining.

"Actually, I think Sayo was telling you something you already well knew, but that we're all constantly encouraged to ignore: just as "faith without works is dead," so is "conversation" without real "relationship."

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