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April 16, 2009
George Will Really Is an Insufferable Prig, Isn't He?
On any American street, or in any airport or mall, you see the same sad tableau: A 10-year-old boy is walking with his father, whose development was evidently arrested when he was that age, judging by his clothes. Father and son are dressed identically -- running shoes, T-shirts. And jeans, always jeans. If mother is there, she, too, is draped in denim.
This is not complicated: For anyone, do not trust men who spend hours and hours pondering the intricate messaging and social cues their clothes are sending.
This gets at a problem with many of our conservative "elites:" This is less about politics for many of them then of making-over the country into a Nantucket apres-duck-hunt soiree. Culture is, admittedly, a driving force behind politics -- politics shares war's relationship with diplomacy, i.e., politics is just the urging of cultural preferences by other means -- but many of our "elites" have a decidedly idiosyncratic and quite frankly unpopular view of what our prevailing culture ought to be.*
And that's why so many of these fancyboys supported Obama, or at least did not oppose him strenuously. For them, Obama represented a much closer version of the Platonic good than did Sarah Palin with her declasse number of children and her brassy, earthy manner.
I don't have a problem with preppie culture, really. It's not my culture, but, as with French culture, I do see agreeable elements in it.
Nor do I have a problem with George Will's yachtocentric Urban Haute Bourgeoise culture. (Recognize the reference?) If I had the money, sure, maybe I'd chase his ideal.
On the other hand, I do so wish he'd shut the fuck and get over himself. Silly narrow-shouldered fuck's been wearing a bowtie like it was some kind of Jolly Roger of neckware since he was fucking thirteen years old and I'm supposed to be be taken with his vision of proper men's fashion?
* It's also a largely inaccessible one. If I can be so declasse to quote the Bard of Long Island, "Have you heard of the new fashion, honey? All you need are looks and a whole lot of money."
There is a nice benefit of Levis: They're fashionable, or, if not quite fashionable, unobjectionable, and you can get a pair at Wal*Mart for like fifteen bucks still.
Now, slacks are... well, fine, and I do wear them, but I wear the cheap ones, and of course I worry that they're unstylish and people will make fun of me if they notice the budget manufacturer.
I don't sweat that with Levis. There are more expensive jeans, of course, but I don't worry that by wearing Levis I'm declaring to the world I'm broke-ass poor.
Plus, maybe Will doesn't get this, but for many of us, they're just comfortable. They have the proper amount of thickness to cover our junk, take a bit of beating and lack of care in laundering, and just feel generally good.
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