Magazine August 12, 2019, Issue

Be Yourself, the Screen Commanded


Here is a statement both weird and true: Over the past few years, I have produced a bumper crop of deep thoughts while at the dentist. This is not due to excessive anesthesia, smart alecks. It’s because my dentist’s office cleverly disguises itself as a day spa. 

Complete with heated, lavender-scented neck wraps, each dental chair also boasts a little screen that flashes a constant rotation of “inspirational” quotes. These bits of wisdom are paired with soothing New Age music and occasional bursts of slightly alarming whale calls. If you want to properly taste the zeitgeist, hasten yourself to one of

Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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