THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016
Portrait of a world: International football remains a peculiar cultural expression.
As we just saw with Portugal/Poland, they start with two hours of a format where it's virtually impossible to score a goal. Then, they switch to a tie-breaking format where it's virtually impossible not to.
Countries live and die on this apparently irrational arrangement. They're almost as crazy as we are.
Tomorrow, we'll start with this portrait of the British working class. It appeared in Tuesday's New York Times, written by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura.
(Be sure to note how many kids the Times got into its photo. Those People breed like rabbits. It has ever been thus.)
Should we loathe Sunderland's working class because their city voted for Leave to the tune of 61 percent? We're going to say that the answer is no, as was suggested this morning.
Amazingly, we'll give the same answer about our own country's white working class, even in this face of this peculiar expression of loathing from a very smart writer.
All that contempt and loathing tomorrow! Then, the Fourth of July!