W is for White Noise

The French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, famous for bringing the Little Prince into the world, famously said “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Maybe that’s why the Little Prince was from such a small planet.

This is the sort of quote you can imagine neatly screened on the wall of a super hip firm in San Francisco who designs artisanal pencils and garbage bins, working off empty desks in a restored carpet factory. Yet for the mass of our culture represented by Walmart, big box stores, McNuggets, and weekend sale madness flyers – Saint-Exupéry’s quote might as well be flying around on a little planet in outer space.

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