Word for the Wise

Hauteur (haw-TYURE) – This is a word that you should almost never use because it almost always sounds pompous. It means “disdainful arrogance” or, less often, “overbearing pride.” You will come across it a lot in magazines like Vanity Fairand in art books.

So don’t use it… but be sure you recognize it when you see it.


If you want a model of productivity, James Patterson is a great candidate… 

He writes novels as frequently as I try to retire – like twice a year. His secret? He doesn’t work alone. He teams up with other less famous and less successful but very capable writers. He gives them the outline. He edits for pace and tension. The emended manuscript goes to his publisher. And then he moves on. He’s not Cormac McCarthy, but he does good work and his books are almost always bestsellers. Plus his co-writers – really apprentices – get to learn some of his secrets while they get their names out there. It’s a win-win proposition. Actually, win-win-win, if you count his readers. There are other creative people who do/have done this. Andy Warhol and Michelangelo come to mind. The challenge is to keep the quality consistent.

Words of Wisdom From Dave Barry

* Never lick a steak knife.

* You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she is pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

* A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person.

* No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

 (Source: DaveBarry Turns 50, by Dave Barry)

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