The Corner

Jesse Helms’s State

I just heard an interesting speaker at the Democratic convention: a woman named Gloria Kraven, a fired textile worker from North Carolina. She said how rotten the Republicans were, how hard life was, etc. What I was most interested in was her voice: a thick, redolent North Carolina voice. An authentic voice, if you will. She was a pleasure to listen to, linguistically and aurally speaking. I’m glad that American speech has not yet become completely homogenized. Someday, we may all be anchormen — not yet.

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Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

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Education

Ivy-League Schools Wither

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