Vectors

Author James Richardson
Published 2012
Rating 5/10
Status Finished on 2020-09-09

Hmm.

I am both a sucker and a critic of this genre of aphorism/poetry/short-essay format: I loved 300 Arguments even as I hate, well, the vast universe of tweet-sized thought leadership. And the latter is what sprung to mind most often reading through this book over the course of a few days: there were some selections that I genuinely loved and found striking, and there were many many more that felt tedious and worn and, for lack of a better word, ugly.

Perhaps that is the appeal (or the marketing exercise) in this kind of book: you get five hundred bullets and if you hit someone with a dozen of them you are successful. Maybe that sounds cynical: I don’t even mean it in a negative way.

Highlights

Believe stupid praise, deserve stupid criticism.

It gets harder and harder to be free. Every time I need a larger labor to be at the end of.

When my friend does something stupid, he is just my friend doing something stupid. When I do something stupid, I have deeply betrayed myself.