Who is Alexandra Petri: We're off on a mission of national import involving a Charlottesville sojourn.
Full services will resume Monday morning. As an interim reading assignment, we'll recommend Alexandra Petri's column from this morning's Washington Post.
Who is Alexandra Petri? As the leading authority explains, she hails from the Eastern elite:
Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist. In 2010 she became the youngest person to have a column in The Washington Post...Petri was released from Harvard in 2010. Her new column helps us ponder the sorts of things many "privileged" children don't seem to learn during their Harvard years, or even while prepping before that.
Petri grew up in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., the only child of Wisconsin congressman Tom Petri and nonprofit executive Anne D. Neal, and attended the National Cathedral School...She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in English.
Long story short: Petri extends the mocking of "rural whites" which is so hot among a certain class of Harvard/Yale/Princeton types. Her contribution to the emerging literary form?
She seems to feel that rural whites are especially comical if they have hilarious "white ethnic" names. It's a good solid observation!
We expect to return to Petri's column on Monday. It's astonishing to see the love of kicking down which prevails among "liberal" children of this highly privileged type—among "highly educated" "liberal elite" children of all ages.
It's dark as a dungeon inside many minds! Once again, we'll recommend the Johnny Cash version of the Merle Travis song, which possibly wasn't taught at Harvard during the Petri years.