The Corner

Middle Age Blues

Tom Utley catches the Middle Age Experience wonderfully well in this DT


I am just where Tom is, irritated by everything. Special irritations:

celebrities (all of them); TV (wellnigh all of it); current pop music

(gaaaarrrrgh!); warning labels (my son favors a breakfast cereal

that comes with a warning label!); current fiction, poetry, drama,

liturgy, art, sculpture, and architecture; the “like” construction for

reported speech (“I was, like, wow…” — but I think Tom catches that

one too); people who want me to say “Mumbai,” “Myanmar,” and “Guangzhou”

for Bombay, Burma and Canton,…

Perhaps Tom & I are suffering from Spode’s Syndrome.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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