When I say "strange" here, I mean "strange" in the sense that people like Orson Welles, J. D. Salinger, John Lennon, Dave Chappelle, and Fiona Apple can be considered profoundly "strange" while alive, and yet somehow can be considered "brilliant" the moment they are safely dead. I believe strange people make the best friends and the best role models.
Let me be clear. As a consumer, I want as many years out of Fiona and Dave (neither of whom I know) as I can possibly get. I don't want them to die anytime soon. I'm trying to live up to their example.
Mark my words, though. Once they do die, many decades from now, Godwilling, they are going to move from being thought of as "strange" to being thought of as "brilliant." That transition will take about one one-hundredth of a second.
"Eccentric" is another code-word that gets used a lot to describe the kinds of people I mean. People often call Daniel Day-Lewis eccentric, for instance. (Proof of this.) He's another person I'd love to be friends with.
- My dad was considered strange, so maybe it's a genetic issue.
- The artists I admire most are considered strange.