Ignoring the logistical flaws in that supposition, the only reason I give old people in Ken Burns documentaries and those When Harry Met Sally interstitials carte blanche to be whimsical is because those people were constantly threatened with death by explosion. You guys want to wear lunatic cloches and scat in songs? Go for it! If you’re not under threat by air raid or spending your days manufacturing artillery, you have no excuse to act that crazy.
It’s possible that the Internet or cute movies have forced us to distill our personalities into quotes and adorable moments and dating-profile charisma. But it’s important to remember that you are a person and not a mid-priced chain restaurant. Adorning yourself with tchotchkes doesn’t make you charming. It makes you a very sad place to sit in a Buffalo mall.”—
Julianne Smolinski kills it in this GQ piece. The entire thing is a quote.
BEHOLD THE WISDOM OF THE AGES.