Notes from a Sunday: How the middlebrow argue


Him: “So, the New Yorker has Hermione Lee’s interview with Philip Roth.  She’s the biographer of . . . ”

Her: “Um, I know who Hermione Lee is, jerk . . .”


Her: “I think you’ve misquoted Wordsworth in your column.  You’re actually quoting a Blood, Sweat, and Tears song. . . ”

Him: “I’m pretty sure the line is right — but, no matter what, I am NOT quoting BST.  Hell, no.”

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