October 28, 2010


A few years ago I was called up for an interview with the head of human resources at a major publishing house here in New York. We talked for a while and, at the end of the meeting, the head of HR presented me with a list of the magazines run under the auspices of the publishing house and asked me which ones I'd be interested in working for.

I named three or four.

The head of HR asked me, well what about this magazine—let's call it Magazine X—would you want to work there?

"No, probably not," I said.

"Why?" the head of HR asked, seemingly confused.

Now, if you know me, you know that I'm a horrible liar and often put my foot in my mouth because I am a terribly honest person—too blunt, probably.

So, at that moment, I couldn't help it, and I just blurted out: "Well, I read that magazine a lot and, to be honest, they seem quite stupid."

Aaaaaand that was the end of my interview.

Well, anyway. Here we are, two years later, and I'd just like to say that I stand by my statement.