Passage #386: 18 January 2017

Megalomania



Dream big, they say. Fake it till you make it. Don't let the haters get you down. This can all be good advice of course, up to a point. It all depends on what sort of big dreams you have, how many people you have to "fake it" to, and whether the haters actually have some really good points.

The conundrum here is that the biggest dreamers can have the most damaging ideas and the least ability/desire to assess their merit. And though Los Angeles certainly has no monopoly on this kind of grandiosity, it does have its own ways of cultivating and institutionalizing it, some of which we will explore tonight, on bicycles.


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