Line of the day

From “The Boss Actually Said This: Pay Me Less,” in the New York Times (accessed through Lexis-Nexis):
Mr. Berman recalls when he realized how wacky corporate compensation practices had become. He was working for a large firm and had just received his first bonus that was more than his salary. “After hearing the amount from my boss, I immediately called my father with the news,” he wrote. “The first words out of his mouth were ‘don’t ever feel that you are worth it.’ I don’t want him to say that to me again.”

Who says that to his son? I would sob.

ETA The other line for today is from Zadie Smith, who is just wicked with her sentences. F’ing brilliant. From The Autograph Man. Here, the main character is at dinner with a companion when a young star, Shylar, walks into the hotel bar and draws his attention:
“Sexual vortex,” said Alex, feeling it as strong as the next man. “Symbolic sexual vortex, added to by means of infinite repetition, televisual sheen. Not necessarily prettier than the waitress. Or you. Or me. Irrelevant. She is the power of seventeen. You remember the power of seventeen? It’s nuclear. She’s seventeen for the whole world.”

I can think of several famous names to which I could attach that exact description.

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5 Responses to Line of the day

  1. phillyexpat says:

    Wow. That’s incredibly cold.

  2. kepkanation says:

    I’m wondering if it was meant in a different way, as if to say, you should always keep working toward getting better, but… what a terrible phrase.

  3. casapazzo says:

    Wow, that is a lousy way of putting it (like, uh, how about “Congratulations” first), but it’s a good point to make. Don’t ever believe the hype. How many fewer “behind the music/E!True Hollywood stories” would we have if everyone who became a huge celebrity had someone telling them the whole way not to let the screaming adulation go to their heads?

    Sadly, my parents would probably have the same really tactless delivery. Actually, now that I think about it, they totally did (to some way lesser accomplishment, but a similar situation).

  4. phillyexpat says:

    Or-“That was incredibly generous of them. You’re lucky to work somewhere like that.” Geez.

  5. starstraf says:

    my life has been filled with such comments from my father

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