The Corner

Re: The Joads

Jay –

When I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union in the 1970s we were asked to talk about our colleges back home in the US of A. A young woman was doing a very nice job, showing slides of ivy-covered gothic buildings somewhere in New England when all of a sudden our Russian colleagues began to buzz. “What was that?” they asked.

“What? This building? I told you it’s …”

“No, no behind the building!”

“Behind the buidling? Nothing. Just … the student parking lot.”

The crowd went wild. A student parking lot! Hundreds of cars! Students own them! End of show.

(I haven’t thought of this in years.)

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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