“I’m very lazy as a journalist. I will do journalism for money and I won’t do it well. I’ll just knock it out. I don’t consider it sincere. When it’s sincere, it’s got to be really sincere. I can’t understand people who can accept to do a 5000-word very sincere piece just simply prompted by an editor in the middle of a working schedule. I can’t get my head around that. Either I’ll write 500 words — somebody calls me up and I’ll just turn that around quickly and it’ll be glib and stupid or else it’s the books.” — Alain de Botton

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