Anger Champ

I’ve long admired a certain veteran publicist for his ability to remain completely focused and lucid while letting go with red-faced rage. It’s a bad idea, of course, to let emotional ferocity color any sort of discussion, but a lot of people go there regardless. Some of us can hold on to our thoughts after getting pissed, but a lot (most?) of us can’t. Anger makes you spit and sputter and your sentences sound lumpy and primitive. The angrier you become the less able you are to deliver your points with any finesse. But this publicist, whom I worked for in the ’80s, used to let people have it with both barrels and still debate with knife-like precision. That’s a mark of exceptional intelligence.

8 thoughts on “Anger Champ

  1. DiscoNap on said:

    I’m pretty good at this, so I’m not sure I agree about the intelligence. The problem is when I’m incandescent with rage it just accentuates my Sarsgaard/Malkovich-voice.

  2. Interesting point, Jeff. God, how many times I’ve been in situations (arguments, etc) where later on I come up with the perfect response to render my opponent in their place. Problem is, it’s *later*, and not in the moment. I have the highest regard to those who are clever enough to shoot back in the heat of the moment, and hit the mark.

  3. “God, how many times I’ve been in situations (arguments, etc) where later on I come up with the perfect response to render my opponent in their place. Problem is, it’s *later*, and not in the moment. I have the highest regard to those who are clever enough to shoot back in the heat of the moment, and hit the mark.”

    You are not alone. George Castanza in “The Comeback”: “the jerk store called…”

  4. Unfortunately, as we see here every day, posters imagine their arguments are advanced by speed-of-response, not wit.

    So the comments get filled up by those who have the most empty time available on their hands. Advantage: DZ, Political Trolls & Rashad!

    Its to all of our misfortune. But its endemic to comments – maybe you *should* put in a like/dislike comment function?

  5. I cannot resist dropping into a NOO YAWK accent when I get angry, as if my mouth is too lazy to wait for the next word to escape. Though I will not shy away from calling someone a dirty name. I don’t like hiding my true emotions, I just try to control my table smashing rage. “You’re a cunt, and you know this,” that sort of thing.

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