Coming up with story ideas and essay pitches in the shower and feeling impressed by their obvious appeal seems a bit like those American Idol contestants, who also feel damn proud of their efforts as long as they’re under pelting water, in a small space with only themselves to judge. We know how mediocre or just plain bad some of those people sound as soon as they’re in front of other people.
"I make it a rule to try everything,” she said. “Don’t you think it would be very annoying if you tasted ginger for the first time on your death-bed, and found you never liked anything so much? I should be so exceedingly annoyed that I think I should get well on that account alone."