Substandard snark or patent parochialism?

Narcissus by Caravaggio depicts Narcissus gazing at his own reflection. From Wikimedia Commons--this work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.

Narcissus by Caravaggio depicts Narcissus gazing at his own reflection. From Wikimedia Commons–this work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.

Sometimes I think Narcissus and I are one and the same person.  Anyway, because this blogging exercise is new to me, I have taken to following what others write about this blog.  I recently authored a short post entitled “May the Fourth be with you.”  The ABA Journal picked it up, and wrote favorably about it. In response, “Pushkin” wrote: “Did Star Wars just get to Nebraska?”

If Pushkin intended his remark to be snark, it was a C- effort.  If, on the other hand, Pushkin intended to make clear that judges and lawyers from out this way are rubes, well, then, Pushkin is a parochial little prick.  Have I been plain enough?

RGK

10 responses

  1. Rich,
    f you tried be a little more blunt and not so reserved all the time it would help 🙂

  2. I get so damned tired of the Center of the Universe crap. Lexington is not Lincoln, Lincoln is not Omaha, Omaha is not Chicago, Chicago is not Washington, D.C., Washington is not New York, and New York is not Paris. What’s really funny is that pretty soon the Center of Universe will find its pivot point in Hong Kong, and folks of very small stature and yellow skin will view all of us as a bunch of big and ugly white rubes.

    All the best, my dear friend.

    RGK

  3. I get so damned tired of the Center of the Universe crap.

    Can I get an Amen, Brothers and Sisters?

    As a student at what became my alma mater too many years ago, the college leadership–“adult” and student alike–were proud of being “the Harvard of the West.” I kept trying to get my classmates, at least, to turn it around: “Harvard is the Grinnell of the East.” I got no takers. [sigh]

    On the other hand, why do we care what this Pushkin person thinks? We give him more credence than he’s earned by responding to him.

    On the third hand (we Grinnellians are talented), there are advantages to being in Flyover Territory. You don’t get the back-easters coming out and trying to ruinchange things for you, like we constantly get in the DFW Metroplex.

    Eric Hines

  4. I got talked into going to see “White House Down,” which is a silly but still-sort-of-entertaining-in-an-overdone way. As its title would imply, it involves an attack on the White House. Early in the movie there is a tour being given of the White House. The tour guide asks people where they are from. A woman raises her hand and says: “We’re from Nebraska and we’d like to see the tunnels where JFK used to sneak Marilyn Monroe into the White House.” The tour guide says in a patronizing way: “There are no such tunnels.” The implication is that people from Nebraska must be particularly backwards or stupid. Then it turns out later that the tunnels exist and they provide a crucial escape route. It was perhaps the oddest sense of vindication I have felt in awhile.

  5. Pat,

    I fully understand your sense of vindication. For a society that claims to love merit and ostensibly dislikes class and other arbitrary distinctions, we can be very snotty without much justification for the elevated sense of self.

    By the way, I will be seeing “White House Down.” I trust they blow shit up, and that’s always appealing to my better angels.

    All the best.

    RGK

  6. Perhaps you are right, and that no response was the appropriate way to go. I tried to learn that back in the day, but never got the hang of it. All the best.

    RGK

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