Like the Freemasons, Janeites are a welcoming fraternity. To join, all one need do is acknowledge the Supreme Being and Sacred Author and swear upon a book of Holy Writ. Our harmonious body welcomes all colors and, unlike the Grand Lodges of England and the United States, both sexes. We do, however, possess certain norms of conduct, universally if not formally adopted, the most important of which is that Pride and Prejudice is not to be venerated to the exclusion or neglect of the Prime Mover’s other works.
My wife does virtually all the grocery shopping without me. There are many reasons for this. Typically the activity happens during the day, when I have obligations towards my employer and the Continental Pool Lounge. I also hate making shopping lists or any other lists that aren’t “Top 10 Pre-’67 Rolling Stones B-Sides.” You get dirty looks if you smoke in front near the carts. But the most important reason is that I don’t like going to Trader Joe’s, where about half the foodstuffs consumed chez Walther are purchased.
The hysterical tone dominating American coverage of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union is drowning out a necessary debate about how the results of the referendum can be turned to global advantage. The results of this rupture in the EU will not be universally good, and some, as in the case of short- or middle-term economic disruption and (likely) Scottish secession, will be very regrettable indeed.
But come on.
The good folks at Audible were kind enough to pass along a brief snippet of the audiobook for The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, which is narrated by one of the film’s stars, Mahershala Ali. In it, he sets the scene for one of the film’s subplots, about a man in 1948 who has been charged with miscegenation despite appearing white. Here’s the clip:
If you’re one of the 99.8 percent of people who don’t watch C-SPAN or one of the 98.6 percent of people who pay no attention to Politics Twitter, you probably missed the fact that House Democrats are throwing a giant hissy fit on the floor of the House of Representatives because the GOP won’t call a vote on a bill that would allow nameless bureaucrats to restrict peoples’ rights with no due process protections whatsoever.
You also missed the emergence of a great American hero:
Brian Abrams was kind enough to send over his latest Kindle Single, “Die Hard: An Oral History.” It’s quite short (should take you an hour to read, maybe less) and filled with interesting tidbits (like producer Joel Silver putting steak and lobster on the craft services table since everyone was working long hours and he …