Magazine July 31, 2017, Issue

Real Men Wear Aprons

Ronald Reagan manning the grill. (Politico)

The president’s recent defense of Western civilization wasn’t just a dog whistle to the alt-right. It was a cur clarion! A mutt muezzin! A hound holler! Or so some insisted. It’s not proper for a member of Western civ to go somewhere in Western civ and praise Western civ. You’re supposed to utter hoary hosannas about universal values.

Like . . . dinner? Everyone likes dinner. Right?

But dinner is fraught with icky Western-civ problems. Consider grilling. Oh, sure, they do that in other cultures, but other cultures have exotic things like spices and traditions where they, like, thank the earth for

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