“The Eskimos have all those words for snow, and it seems the only language we have for expressing success is numeric.

“My plan [when I retire] is….to do what I did when I was in my 20s, before I “succeeded.” I want to write novels and teach part-time at a university. And travel, which I don’t have time to do now but managed to do when I was young and poor.”

The trappings of the rat race.