Well, it can’t be culottes all the time.
During a recent episode of Start Up in which Tim Ferriss (evil author of the 4 hour work week) advertised his podcast, and a tech billionaire deconstructed what makes men like the founder of Uber successful, I felt a strange empathetic despair for young men. I for once did not want to drink their tears for breakfast.
How heavy the burden of EXCELLENCE must be. Not okay, pretty good, but Market-disrupting-Life-hacking-Paradigm-shifting EXCELLENCE. In some ways Casey Neistat embodies the “slacker” version of this ideal.
Which is even worse, because not only is he Ted-talking his way around the world, he’s also totally chill about it.
What is particularly pernicious about this ideal is that modern male excellence is not even a work-hard ethic. It doesn’t have that mid-century inclusive vibe where all the men get to buy a Chevy and thus they all can be successful. No, you have to be a genius. And there can only be so many geniuses or else they wouldn’t be geniuses, duh.