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Self-Satisfaction – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Self-Satisfaction – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Elitism

There was, of course, nowhere better in the world to be than New York City. This fact was the foundation of her family’s satisfaction with itself, the platform from which all else could be ridiculed, the collateral of adult sophistication that bought them the right to behave like children.

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Self-Deprecating Condescension – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Self-Deprecating Condescension – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Psychology

There were people with whom her style of self-deprecation didn’t sit well—who detected a kind of condescension in it, as if Patty, in exaggerating her own minor defects, were too obviously trying to spare the feelings of less accomplished homemakers.

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For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Democracy, Elitism, Political Communication, Politics

Yet guardians of the old order could honestly say that in their elitism, in their insistence that an “enlightened” vanguard should rule on behalf of the ignorant masses, they were in fact embracing an essential feature of Atatürk’s ideology. He had, after all, given his political party the slogan “For the People, In Spite of […]

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Communists and Work – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris

March 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Communists and Work – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris · Communism, Humour

The communists I’d known in the past had always operated on the assumption that come the revolution, they’d be the ones lying around party headquarters with clipboards in their hands. They couldn’t manage to wash a coffee mug, yet they’d been more than willing to criticize the detergent manufacturer.

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Latin and Mass Media Democracy – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Latin and Mass Media Democracy – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Elitism, Political Communication, Prose, Writing

They cannot expect the House to retain its dignity and traditions when those who have no understanding of either swarm all over the place like tourists at a foreign shrine. You can’t have Latin and wit and mass media democracy.

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Pronunciation and Culture – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Pronunciation and Culture – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Art, Civilisation, Culture, Elitism

Gauguin did the same for me before I could pronounce his name. (I called him Gorgon.) Degas I gave an acute accent over the “e,” not realizing that the “De” was an honorific prefix: “duh” would have been closer to the right sound, and certainly would have conformed to my general reaction when faced with […]

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We Are The People You’re Talking About – “Revolutionary Road” – Richard Yates

September 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on We Are The People You’re Talking About – “Revolutionary Road” – Richard Yates · American, Criticism, Culture, Elitism, Literature

I remember looking at you and thinking ‘God, if only he’d stop talking.’ Because everything you said was based on this great premise of ours that we’re somehow very special and superior to the whole thing, and I wanted to say ‘But we’re not! Look at us! We’re just like the people you’re talking about! […]

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