what makes us happy?

from joshua wolf shenk’s article in the june 09 atlantic

this means that a glimpse of any one moment in a life can be deeply misleading. a man at 20 who appears the model of altruism may turn out to be a kind of emotional prodigy–or he may be ducking the kind of engagement with reality that his peers are both moving towards and defending against. and, on the other extreme, a man at 20 who appears impossibly wounded may turn out to be gestating toward maturity.

(from the same issue, on the 10 year anniv. of sponge bob)

squidward, doomed and dichotomous, is the permanent foil. an upper-middlebrow elitist (“you can’t fool me!” he sneers in the sponsebob squarepants movie, “i listen to public radio!”)…

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