Marla Maples, Ralph Waldo Emerson!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2019

The mind of the upper-class Times:
We make no bones about it.

We regard the New York Times' page A3 (print editions only) as the most instructive page in all of American journalism. It's where you go to marvel at the (upper-class) mind of the (upper-class) Times, and perhaps at the newspaper's readers.

Today's A3 was especially rich. We'll plan to tell you why tomorrow. For homework, you should read this profile of Marla Maples from yesterday's paper. It was written by Hilary Howard and of course includes plenty of photos.

This isn't a criticism of Maples. It's a criticism of the mind of the Times. On this morning's page A3, that perhaps slightly vapid upper-class mind continued on from there.

8 comments:

  1. Thoreau wrote that whether your belongings were from a hovel or a grand estate, they looked sad and ephemeral as viewed rolling down the road on the back of a cart.

    I was gratified to see that the commenters were all fairly kind.

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  2. A wonderful and thought-provoking thought from Thoreau. Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. From Steve Benen at MaddowBlog:

    "Yesterday, it happened again, when Trump signed the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which directs the Treasury to honor the 100th anniversary of American women getting the right to vote through currency. After signing the measure -- which passed both the House and Senate unanimously -- the president decided to take a moment to reflect on what he considered important: his own awesomeness.

    "I am curious why wasn't it done a long time ago and also, well, I guess the answer to that is because now I am president and we get things done.

    "We get a lot of things done that nobody else got done."

    Well, if Trump is "curious" why other presidents didn't sign the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, I can help. In this country, the women's suffrage movement led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1919, and its ratification in 1920.

    No one tried to honor the centennial of this because -- and this is important -- centennials mark the hundredth anniversary of things. In order to recognize the centennial of something that happened in 1920, we had to wait until around 2020, because that's how time works."

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  4. Right-wingers stopped believing in math years ago.

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