Shameless social media self-promotion could get you punched in the face if you’re sending your book proposal to the this journalist who writes book reviews, discovers new talent, and is apparently fed up with authors aggressively promoting themselves to him. He’s so fed up, that he wants to punch them in the face. Charlie tackles this problem, submitted to The Agony Editor, Brian Francis at Quill and Quire, and offers alternatives to violence (even though she totally gets why Mr. Journalist feels this way). Can’t we all get just get along? 😒
If your friend confessed to you that they’ve been having an affair behind their wife’s back (oh yeah, and their wife is pregnant), would you tell the wife about your friend’s infidelities? That’s the problem Charlie will attempt to solve this week, sent to advice column, Mrs. Webb. It’s complicated.
THIS WEEK’S PROBLEM:
Have you ever opened the Uber app and gotten hit with surge pricing that pisses you off (at best), or makes you feel like a powerless chump for agreeing to the surge price (at worst)? This week, Charlie unrattles the nerves of someone who feels icky whenever they agree to Uber surge pricing? Why the ickiness? Is there a way to get over feeling anxiety? Of course, there is! Problem sent to Dan Ariely’s column in The Wall Street Journal.
Philosophers love to solve complex problems. But what do philosophers do when they have a problem? They write in to an advice column, of course! Well, THIS particular philosopher did. Not only did he write in to advice column, he wrote in to an advice column by and for philosophers: Philosophical Advice from Daniel Fincke.
You know what they say about used car salesmen. They are often portrayed as being unapologetic, bloodsuckers who feed on the vulnerable, trusting public to make a quick dollar. Ouch! In this episode, one such used car salesman confesses (to Ask Andrew WK at The Village Voice) that, yes, he is a lecherous, blood-sucker feeding on innocent people BUT he wants to change! He’s ready to reverse his bad karma and to do good in the world. Can he change his karma? Should he? How? Charlie’s on it!
A millennial hotel maid, who is working to pay for college, struggles with how to respond to a demeaning customer.😡 Charlie goes in on everyone in this problem submitted to Amy Dickenson at NPR.