Corpsey

bandz ahoy
This thread is an abortion, clearly.

A better thread might be - 'What are you good at?'

I basically want to turn this into a giant group therapy session, all for the wank bank.
 

version

Warehouse Operative
I'm wary of considering myself an expert at anything because there's always something you don't know. I probably know a lot about Pynchon, but the thought of having him as my Mastermind subject fills me with dread.
 

entertainment

Well-known member
That's the thing. At which point do you consider yourself an expert? There's always going to be folks who knows more about certain things. To be an veritible expert, you'll have to channel your time and energy into one thing. That narrow field of interest is not for me, I know that.

Version you're likely in the 999th permillage for Pynchon knowledga among the general population. That counts for something.
 

version

Warehouse Operative
It's so lame being an expert on someone else's work though. It's like being an impressionist or a tribute act.
 

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
I suppose it depends how that expertise manifests itself.

I certainly respect people who write books about authors, for example. Or about anything, really. The author of the worst book in the world has still got more willpower than I have.
 

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
I always wished I was good at throwing things. But I'm terrible. Limp wristed, throw things the wrong direction and a pathetic distance. It never seemed like something anyone learned, either. Some people can just hurl things halfway to the moon.
 

entertainment

Well-known member
There are probably fewer experts and more jacks of all trades individuals being produced now. Everytime I read about the origin story of some great artist or scientist or whatever, it's always something like, 'his fascination with minerals was evident right from the birth, he spent every breating moment looking at minerals, studying them...'

I didn't have that with anything, I'm bored after a day and look for something new because there's always something new available.
 

Leo

Well-known member
businesspeople declare themselves experts all the time, a matter of survival. there's an entire industry around "thought leadership": message development, white papers, conference speaking gigs. as George castanza said, "it's not a lie if you believe it."
 
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