Thursday, March 17, 2005

Maybe You Need To Get Out More

David Brooks' recent column describes a night out in New Orleans. Near the conclusion of a feast of oysters, lobster, steak, and wine, he was offered coffee with spirits within. Brooks dared to ask "Is it decaf?"

From this innocuous question, Brooks (presumably with a straight face) manages to compare his question to a pondering Nero, then extrapolates his boring life into a society of dullness. Are you feeling a little self-important, David?

Brooks writes for the New York Times. If he thinks going out for a big meal and a visit to a piano bar is wild and crazy, maybe he just isn't trying very hard to have a good time.


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