Monthly Archives: October 2013

Class warfare is when you mention any class other than middle.

The literary scholar Paul Fussell wrote a book called Class about the American class system, which was a daring thing to do because we are so deeply committed to the idea of not having a class system.  Fussell had some … Continue reading

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Ever wonder why people name their daughters Brandybut not Whiskey or Slivovitz?

Well, I don’t know either.  But anyway… As you probably know, there was a time when European rulers would hire British or Irish expats so that they’d have someone at court who could read and write, while the Arab world … Continue reading

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