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I try to see what that person is thinking or feeling about that particular day. I just get more of a sense of what that person's like and hopefully it's more interesting than a normal conversation. — Joel Stein

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Online reaction is very different than real-world reaction. — Joel Stein

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What I wound up doing, which I think is really journalistically dubious, is changing the order of some of the things I did, so that the things I ended up struggling with the most wind up being two-thirds of the way in. — Joel Stein

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I think I realized that Dave Barry was funnier than I'll ever be, and he made no attempt to make any actual points. He had a general libertarian point of view, but in general, he just liked to make jokes. — Joel Stein

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I've gotten thicker skin mostly from being older. You just stop caring quite as much about everything. — Joel Stein

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You're not going to change anyone's mind. Especially online. — Joel Stein

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I think the local food movement has been taken to idiotic extremes. And so I wrote about that and people got pissed. — Joel Stein

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I can't imagine what someone would write that would infuriate me. Maybe if my loved one had died of some disease and someone was insensitive, that would piss me off. — Joel Stein

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If you're at my level and you go to a bookstore, even a good turnout is not that many people. Sometimes it is. But for the most part, it's not a huge turnout. — Joel Stein

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I always thought that being at Time and tweaking your bosses and exploiting your expense account was just fun. Just joyous. — Joel Stein

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People are different in different situations and people are different online than they are in real life. — Joel Stein

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As journalism dies, I kind of feel like I want some skills besides writing. I'd like to be able to write movies or host TV shows or whatever. Things that I might actually not inherently like quite as much, but are interesting and fun things to do. A good backup plan. — Joel Stein

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I can't imagine deer hunting. I used to think I couldn't imagine deer hunting because killing a deer seemed so awful. But now I think about just sitting in a tree and doing nothing all day and probably not even seeing a deer. Not moving and sitting in a tree? That seems rough. — Joel Stein

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With a Q&A, you need obviously to keep it snappy. — Joel Stein

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Being in New York and having worked at Time Out New York and then being at Time, living in New York for a long time has helped because I know everybody. And they're the people who call me and give me jobs. So that kind of real networking, which is just living in a place and having jobs where people around you are extremely successful, has helped me tremendously. — Joel Stein

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The people who get places in life just say yes to everything. — Joel Stein

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I don't read "letters" sections of magazines, but I'll read anyone's blog post about me. — Joel Stein

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I'm not that clued into what people are that touchy about and how many of them there are and how niche these niches are. — Joel Stein

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You really, really have to care about animals to want to kill one. You have to learn all this stuff about them and start thinking like them. — Joel Stein

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When I get real big volumes of hate mail, it's usually because I wrote something poorly. But it's also because some group told people to e-mail me and those people didn't read the article, they read the post about what I wrote about. And they all e-mail me. And they all come around at the same time. — Joel Stein

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I love sushi, but I'm not going to write a column about it. — Joel Stein

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I can't explain why I don't read comments. Maybe because I worked at Time for so long and they don't have them, so I keep forgetting that they're there. — Joel Stein

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Heaven is totally overrated. It seems boring. Clouds, listening to people play the harp. It should be somewhere you can't wait to go, like a luxury hotel. Maybe blue skies and soft music were enough to keep people in line in the 17th century, but heaven has to step it up a bit. They're basically getting by because they only have to be better than hell. — Joel Stein

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I have a really high bar for being angry. Like, it doesn't even happen every year. — Joel Stein

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I've learned over time that every editor has told me when you're getting that much hate, you don't talk about it. You just kind of don't give it oxygen and let it go away. It's almost - not always, but almost - always the best policy. — Joel Stein

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I wish I'd legitimately talked about some painful moments in my life where I felt insufficient as a kid. — Joel Stein

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I have some idea that if I pick on [boy band] One Direction, I'll get a ton of hate mail, because I know that when you're 15, you love a band like you will kill people. But I don't quite realize that that's true about people - adults - who read The Hunger Games. — Joel Stein

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People would ask if I wanted to host things and I was like, "No, I'm a writer, I don't host things." Just thinking I wouldn't be good at it - which is true - but also just wanting to hold on to some part of my identity. — Joel Stein

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Reporting in general makes me pretty nervous. But I realized: all the amazing work experiences of my life were thanks to reporting. So that forces you to go do it. — Joel Stein

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You have to live among rich liberals to understand what they're saying. You'll never believe what they mean by 'middle class.' They mean themselves. — Joel Stein

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You don't really want an army of people making individual decisions. And I don't think I completely understood that until people gave me examples of what happens when your army takes over your government and it's like, "Oh, yeah, I guess you can't really have people make individual moral decisions." — Joel Stein

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I don't like to be in the forest. It's a weird thing. I've learned to have a general appreciation for nature, which has taken a while. But the forest, I still don't really love. — Joel Stein

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You don't get anywhere without saying yes. — Joel Stein

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I don't read the "letters" section of Time magazine. I think it's just my habit as a reader. I don't read comments on stories, in general. — Joel Stein

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I've definitely written people e-mails telling them I've loved their stories, but that seems more like a professional journalist thing to do. — Joel Stein

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Basically, I wake up, take care of my son for a little while, and then like, "I am gonna write!" And then I wind up. — Joel Stein

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Do you know how long it takes to charm people from Maine? They're uptight white people coated with a hard exterior made from other uptight white people. — Joel Stein

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When I lose my column again, I'm sure I'll get hungry again. Maybe it's having a kid, but it's probably just getting to do what I always wanted to do - I'm really not that hungry. — Joel Stein

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The best man day in the world would involve building a bridge and then blowing up that bridge. Which is why you can't make a better man movie than The Bridge on the River Kwai, unless you make Two Bridges on the River Kwai. — Joel Stein

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The fun thing about journalism is if you go do a story about something, you can now ask three intelligent questions about it. Or say three intelligent things. And that gets people talking. — Joel Stein

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To defend my fear of sudden change, I chose to believe that life was incremental, that the tiny decisions you make every day determine your fate, that your job is to captain an enormous ship subtly into ever-clearer waters. But that's not how it works at all. Life occurs in moments. You get into college. You propose. You get the job. You get cancer. You get fired. She leaves you ... Because I was born in a stable country at a stable time, I falsely extrapolated that change is incremental. But if you zoom out just a little bit, you see that life is soccer, not basketball. It's revolution, invention, war. It's big bangs, exploding stars, asteroids killing the dinosaurs. Which means that all the action is in the risk taking, whether I want it to be or not. — Joel Stein

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Firefighter is one of the few jobs kind enough to warn me away by containing two words I'm not interested in, unlike the deceptive bookkeeper. — Joel Stein

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There have been people who represent something very symbolic and I've been freaked out interviewing them. — Joel Stein

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I would be at home reading, because I felt so disconnected from humanity. — Joel Stein

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You can get away with stuff in a one-page story that you can't get away with in a book. — Joel Stein

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I hate walking up to strangers. — Joel Stein

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When Time got rid of my column, I thought it was all over. It was really sad. And then, I just started pushing it to lots of places. And I thought someone would run my column, I thought it was popular, and no one wanted it. — Joel Stein

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I never thought to look at the New York Times one, even though I knew people were pissed off. I've seen YouTube videos from people who are pissed off at me about that and that takes a lot of effort to go find. — Joel Stein

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It's hard to discipline yourself not to explain yourself or apologize. — Joel Stein

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If New Vegas foretells something about America's future, then the culture wars are all but over, and culture lost. — Joel Stein

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Early on, even in college, I figured out that it was just more interesting to me to create content than to write about other people. So that makes it more marketable. — Joel Stein

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The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. — Joel Stein

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When wine drinkers tell me they taste notes of cherries, tobacco and rose petals, usually all I can detect is a whole lot of jackass. — Joel Stein

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I want to be heavily tied to a city that I write for every week, that knows my stuff and I can interact with. — Joel Stein

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I'm good at marketing myself through the columns. But compared to other people I know, as far as networking and pushing yourself out there, I'm not very good at that. — Joel Stein