Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Courage by Cutrone

Most adults in this world are cowards.

On the flip side, there are people like straight-shooting, hard-working fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone. I just finished her latest book, Normal Gets You Nowhere – a follow-up to her 2010 bestseller, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. Those with even a passing interest in living it up and leaving a mark should at least think about the principles she represents, particularly any young and ambitious woman who is going through an episode of frustration or fatigue. It takes years and years of extensively diversified, and painful, real-life experiences to reach her vein of wisdom.

I’ve decided that I’m wise enough to curate some of her greatest quotes:

*In order to have a balanced life, you have to do something every week for other people or your community.

*People don’t like people who rock the boat or even row the boat, let alone park it in their driveway or on the lawn. They like people who sit quietly in the boat – who have paid in advance for their ticket and don’t say fuck.

*A lot of people say they want to be special, but they don’t want to do the work [or occasionally] eat crow.

*If you want to find success outside the norm, you really have to fine-tune your skills and become incredibly good at what you do.

*I have never seen “bitch” as a bad word. Instead, I see the word for what it is: a reflection of people’s lack of creativity and inability to acknowledge and embrace a powerful woman.

*It’s the Village Girl who will change the world.

*Most of us are too quick to call people friends, too quick to say “I love you,” and too quick to write people off forever.

*Try to stay as conscious as possible - to limit the amount of apology time you have to set aside in your life.

*We are inclined to repetition, not progression.

*When you’re the most happening person at the party, it’s time to leave.

*Dear President Obama,
I’m writing you this letter because I think it’s absolutely deplorable that Eleanor Roosevelt is not on our money. In fact, why aren’t there any women on our money? I mean, with the exception of Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea – and nobody even uses silver dollars anyway. This seems like a mercy-fuck offering to the women’s movement at best. I suggest we bump off one of those troublemaker presidents like Thomas Jefferson, who impregnated his slaves, and get Eleanor on instead . . . If women make over 70 percent of the buying choices in the average home, why aren’t we on the money, even from a purely capitalistic standpoint? . . . Grover Cleveland is on the thousand-dollar bill! Who the fuck is he?

*Worldly success and divine transcendence are not mutually exclusive.


  1. Wow. What awesome words of wisdom. I say we canonize her!

  2. I've not read her work before, but those are some pretty fabulous nuggets of wisdom.. I especially like the one about not rocking, rowing, or having any say whatsoever about the boat.

  3. I'm having ambivalent reactions to some of Cutrone's words (certainly not all). Must read the book. I think I have a knee jerk reaction (not in a good way) to someone whose career is publicist (having met various full-of-themselves publicists along the way in New York). Once I read the book, I may think I'm all wet here.

  4. Have you noticed whose signature is on some of those bills? Quite a few women, my dear.