I'm a huge Wes Anderson geek. Actually, so is my whole family. People actually have opinions about the merits of Royal Tanenbaums v. Rushmore. Yes, we're a pretentious lot.
I played hookie from life this morning and went to the local mall-movie theater multiplex to see Moonrise Kingdom with my sister in law. Both of us felt vaguely guilty seeing a movie at 10:15. We suspiciously checked out the loners in the theater.
Moonrise Kingdom is a tribute to Wednesday Addams and Boy Scout Memoriabilia. Which is great, because I love both things.
In my experience, there are three types of people who are successful in life.
The first type is the Rule Follower. The Rule Follower is the person who has the neat handwriting, the teacher's pet, the perfect A student. That person gets to the top by working very hard and being smart. They decide at an early age that they want to be a surgeon or a lawyer or a musician. They take the right classes, attend the right schools, and follow the well trod path towards those goals. I bear no ill will towards those people. They worked hard and deserve their success, even if they are a little <stage whisper> boring </stage whisper>.
The second type is the Packager. The Packager is smart in a different way than the Rule Follower. They may not do well on the SATs or attend the right schools, but they package themselves up a successful person and other people buy it. They wear the right clothes, make the right statements, schmooze at the right parties. They know how to snow people with jargon. Not all careers as suitable for the Packager. Some careers simply do not allow bullshit, but there are plenty of careers that enable the Packager to weasel his/her way in. Motivational business speakers are often Packagers. Clearly, I do not like these individuals.
The third person is the Tenacious Bull. TB types didn't attend Harvard or received top scores on the SATs. Maybe they have ADD or they lived in the wrong part of the country. Maybe their parents didn't know about enrichment camps and SAT classes. Maybe they couldn't afford them. But the TB has a passion of some sort. An Asperger-ish fascination with a particular topic - trains, heavy-metal bands, beets. They spend most of their waking moments studying that topic.
In the past, the TB types worked on their passions in private. The Rule Followers and the Packagers closed ranks and prevented others from entering their fold. However, the Internet has become an avenue for the TB types to showcase their passions and to create their own roads towards success.