McArdle goes on to criticize educational and parenting philosophies that steer children away from failure. Learning how to fail gracefully might come in handy one day. It’s a thesis McArdle develops in her new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success.
An interesting article by Megan McArdle over at The Atlantic about writing and procrastination. McArdle speculates that writers often put off their writing assignments until the last minute because they’re afraid to fail. As McArdle puts it, “Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up into one delicious package.”