Negotiating a fee for this kind of stuff can be awkward. After all, you feel so cool to be asked! And maybe you’re promoting your work, or your ideas, or your #personalbrand. But they are not holding this conference out of the kindness of their hearts or to do YOU a favor! Unless they are, and it’s a nonprofit or true “community” (i.e., free) event, in which case: different story.
It’s a funny world when T.V. show creators write long diagnostic pieces about how to fix the broken state of capitalism in the United States, but hey, this dude did create The Wire. The essay is broad, sweeping, reductive, and makes some great points. I kind of love it.
I still haven’t had a chance to watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix yet (waiting for that Labor Day binge), but I’ve read a few pieces about the show, including Adam Davidson’s piece in the Times Magazine about how prison commissaries work, and the difficulty Piper Kerman has to buy simple things like shower shoes and a radio.
In Slate, Michal Lemberger argues that lemonade stands doesn’t actually teach children about capitalism and entrepreneurship because people just like giving money to children.
The latest issue of Scientific American has an excerpt from a book about how people with psychopathic traits—”a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse and the manipulation of others”—are able to succeed, and points out that many politicians and world leaders often have these traits.