Thursday, January 18, 2007

Brie and Pretense

News that France tried to join the United Kingdom in the 1950s has Anglo- and Francophiles clutching their respective chests. I, however, think this is freaking hilarious.

I mean, it never would have worked, but in my mind, it’s an excellent illustration of just how screwed up the so-called Era of Good Feelings was. Some of the greatest hypocrisy in our modern history went on during that decade. Come on . . . a French Socialist went creeping over to England to see what it would take to hitch his country up to an ancient, conservative monarchy hell-bent on colonizing anyone who used spices when cooking. That's not irony. That's, "You're not allowed to tell me about the Good Old Days ever again."

Then again, what do I know? Except that this is my favorite new line from a New Yorker story so far:
    “To the French mind, Disney represents the arrowhead of American cultural assault, and if America were to return the favor it would need to mount a major retrospective of soft, unpasteurized French cheese at the Metropolitan Museum. (Anthony Lane. Wonderful World: What Walt Disney Made. New Yorker. Dec. 11, 2006)

A cultural assault by soft, unpasteurized cheese. Now that’s a new world order I could get excited about.

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