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Sunday Snippet: Momofuku’s David Chang

March 22nd, 2015

“I was quite cocky, but having been hailed as this great young golfer, I couldn’t even make the high school golf team once I got there. I had a big dose of humble pie then, and ever since, I’ve always known that there is always someone out there better than you, more talented. Always.” Some […]

Sunday Snippet: Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)

March 15th, 2015

“Don’t do what you want. Do what you don’t want. Do what you’re trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most.” Life is short. It’s a recurring theme here on Beyond the Rhetoric, particularly with the Sunday Snippet series, that we all need to make the most out of what little […]

Sunday Snippet: D. H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930)

March 8th, 2015

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” It is better to stand there and look the fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. At the same time, there are people who enjoy hearing the sound of […]

Experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique

March 5th, 2015

As a freelance writer working from home, I face (at least) a couple of key challenges on a daily basis. First, I don’t get paid unless I actually work. Contrast this to a job where you are paid an hourly wage regardless of your relative level of productivity. Second, there is no one hovering over […]

Sunday Snippet: Dr. Michael Kimmel on Privilege

March 1st, 2015

“Privilege is invisible to those who have it.” Unless you find yourself at the extreme lower or higher end of the income scale, there’s a good chance that you’d classify yourself as a “middle class” individual. You’re far more likely to compare yourself to your immediate neighbors and peers, and as a result, you likely […]

On Biogenic, Sociogenic and Ideogenic Identity

February 26th, 2015

When it comes to discussions of identity, many of us assume we have a unified, cohesive sense of self that we refer to as our identity. I am who I am. The fact of the matter, however, is that identity is far more complicated than that. Indeed, it goes well beyond the roles that we […]

Sunday Snippet: Poet Kathleen Norris

February 22nd, 2015

“If we are lucky, we can give in and rest without feeling guilty. We can stop doing and concentrate on being.” We all have our dreams and ambitions for what we want to achieve and what we want to get out of life. At the same time, we are burdened with the responsibilities of keeping […]

Sunday Snippet: Lisa Kudrow

February 15th, 2015

“You have to surrender to the fact that you are of too many in a highly competitive field where it is difficult to stand out. Over time, through your work, you will demonstrate who you are and what you bring to the field. Just stay with it and keep working.” Especially in the age of […]