I noticed how people played at being executives while actually holding executive positions… You maintain a shifting distance between yourself and your job. There’s a sort of self-conscious space, a sense of formal play that is a sort of arrested panic, and maybe you show it in a forced gesture or a ritual clearing of the throat… but it’s not that you’re pretending to be someone else. You’re pretending to be exactly who you are.
Source: Underworld by Don DeLillo »
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