If you don’t have the relationship with the reader and the reader thinks he or she can get this stuff anywhere, it’s over. The renewal rate of The New Yorker is 80 percent, which is off the charts. Now why is that? Because I have the vanity at least to think the reader thinks well, okay, this is not cheap goods. This is something of value… It’s part of, in a sense, who I am. That’s an invaluable thing for less than a buck a week.
Good editors understand the value of sending something into the world that seems tacky. It’s probably the same with humor. A precise, tasteful joke makes you chuckle only inside your head, whereas a pratfall can make you laugh out loud. Critics love the chuckle, but the hard laugh probably requires more talent and skill.
It’s such an amazing relationship, between writers and editors. They aren’t just your boss. They’re your priest, your parent, your patrolman, and your pep squad. They are your conscience. When it’s good, it really is that intimate. The complaints they stir are Jeremiah’s Complaint. I cherish my good editors even when they don’t cherish me. They make me better.
I’m honestly the first person on set. I’m there in the lobby waiting for the camera crew. As a chef, I spent so many years in a business with a lot of moving parts, and when I’m in a situation where there are a lot of things to do, I’m very organized. I relentlessly check and double-check that all of the little pieces are moving the way they’re supposed to be moving. Holding it together is clearly part of my pathology. I like to be in control.
— Anthony Bourdain
“‘We’re getting there’ is the motto of SEPTA, the transit authority. It’s so fitting. It’s so Philly. All that money and promise, and no guarantee it’s gonna get you where you need to go.”
"We have to design and produce on a rigorous schedule. We have to have genius creative thoughts precisely four times a year and on exact dates. I actually write them on my calendar. I write, ‘Friday, Nov. 8. Three o’clock. Have a genius creative idea.’ There is no other industry in the world that is like this, that is so demanding and expects so much of its talent."
— Tom Ford
Journalism is essentially an elitist endeavor.