On Getting Advice
Agasicles, king of the Spartans, despite his fondness for intellectual discourse, would not entertain the sophist Philophanes. When someone expressed surprise at this, he declared: ‘I want to be the student of men whose son I should like to be as well.’
Plutarch, Saying of Spartans
People haven’t quite understood my feelings towards Penelope Trunk. But that’s sort of what it’s about.
We should take advice from people who have their own life together. We should read writers who write because they have something to say, not because they are desperately craving validation and will do or say anything to get it.
As I slowly realized how badly she fails in both those areas, I went from anger to a sad, deep pity.