A Gentle Reminder
Fret not. Release regret.
Everything you did (or didn’t do) until this moment right now prepared you for this moment, right now.
Failing upward. That seems to be the path to political success. You can be a serial fondler, a repeated bankrupter, a fraud — and that won’t disqualify you from positions of power. So long as you’ve got a good story to tell, your failings — both personal and professional — won’t hardly matter.
Remember this in the coming months when Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, is “mentioned” by his friends in the establishment media…
For an example of why we’re currently living in a golden era of short-fiction, read “The First to Leave Is the Winner” in the current edition of The Missouri Review, by Becky Mandelbaum. At once hilarious and poignant, childish and deeply adult, the story relates the lovelorn travails of an instantly likeable “loser” living in her ex-boyfriend’s...