Re: [Fwd: QOTD: Moderately Gifted.]

From: John Marlow (
Date: Mon Apr 09 2001 - 20:47:11 MDT

True to an extent, but with staggering exceptions. witness the film,
literary, and music worlds--truckloads of moderately-gifted and
completely untalented persons making truckloads of money. Oh--and
lest we forget--politics.


On 9 Apr 2001, at 20:46, Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen wrote:

> -------- Original Message --------
> From: (glen mccready)
> Subject: QOTD: Moderately Gifted.
> Resent-From:
> To:
> Forwarded-by: Nev Dull <>
> "... simply moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing
> press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately
> gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years
> ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern
> communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but
> world's champions.
> The entire planet can get along nicely now with maybe a dozen champion
> performers in each area of human giftedness. A moderately gifted person
> has to keep his or her gifts all bottled up until, in a manner of
> speaking, he or she gets drunk at a wedding and tapdances on the coffee
> table like Fred Astaire or Ginger Robers. We have a name for him or her.
> We call him or her an 'exhibitionist.'
> How do we reward such an exhibitionist? We say to him or her the next
> morning, 'Wow! were you ever drunk last night!'"
> -- Kurt Vonnegut, "Bluebeard"

John Marlow

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