Social status

It feels like a good week to read The Bonfire of the Vanities.

Kramer and his wife looked at each other. He could tell she was thinking the same thing he was. Thank God in heaven! What a relief! They could let their breaths out now. Miss Efficiency was a bigot. These days the thing about bigotry was, it was undignified. It was a sign of Low Rent origins, of inferior social status, of poor taste. So they were the superiors of their English baby nurse, after all. What a f***ing relief.

Yup. Written twenty-seven years ago, but that’s a pretty good summary of what’s really going on in the hysterical freak-out in the sports pages and elsewhere right now.

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