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The Fedora of Melancholy

June 14, 2017

For every one man who successfully pulls off the fedora, we should pay tribute to the dozens more who tried and failed, fashionslain, humiliated. (You were right to dream friends, but the dream was not yours to achieve.) Without those many, there would be no one. And without the one– a bareheaded wasteland.

Every success stands upon the embarrassed corpses of failure. Tip that hat to them, triumphant one. Let your glory be their redemption. In this vertiginous, bottomless cosmos, losers are the necessary stepping-stones of elan.

This is what Jesus taught, and all the saints, sages, and orient kings. And promised to make good. But I do not think they will. A stepping-stone is just a stepping-stone, and no balm can heal that hurt.

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