August 15, 2012
Assholism

I have known quite a few assholes in my time, as who hasn’t. But it never occurred to me that they could be monetized, and even deducted as a business expense. Just take an anus to lunch in the course of researching a book about famous ani.

Geoffrey Nunberg has written such a book, bless his hole, and called it Ascent of the A-Word. Here’s an excerpt from an excerpt on AlterNet. The last sentence belongs on everyone’s list of little lessons to live by.

Still, nobody would argue that being an asshole is essential to business success. The books on leadership that line the business sections of Barnes & Noble offer career models to suit every personality type. One can take one’s cues from successful leaders ranging from Bismarck and Golda Meir to Nelson Mandela and the apostle Paul, not to mention Generals Lee, Grant, Custer, and Attila the Hun. With that choice before them, the managers who make for the shelf that holds books on Patton and Jobs aren’t settling on assholism as a career expedient, they’re looking to justify their predilection for it. Few people become assholes reluctantly.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 15, 2012 12:47 PM
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"Bless his whole"? Come on, Jerome.

Posted by: Nugatory on August 15, 2012 2:40 PM

Did I write that? I don't remember. Maybe it was while I was governor of Massachusetts. If I was governor of Massachusetts. Was I? It's all kind of fuzzy in my head.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on August 15, 2012 4:59 PM

One can take one’s cues from successful leaders ranging from Bismarck and Golda Meir to Nelson Mandela and the apostle Paul, not to mention Generals Lee, Grant, Custer, and Attila the Hun..

Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but the sentence after that seems to suggest that those listed in this one weren't a-holes. With the exception of Nelson Mandela, it seems like they all fit the bill.

Posted by: Tim on August 18, 2012 1:12 PM
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