Thanksgiving Is Ruined
November 14, 2006
"You have to start over."
In the fall 2006 print and on-line issue of First of the Month, Benj DeMott provides a moving and riveting intellectual portrait of his late father, Benjamin DeMott, who was the author of, among other things, the quite important book, The Imperial Middle: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Class.
In the piece, Benj quotes a letter written by his father. The letter contains one of the most demolishing, wrenching yet ultimately optimistic views of aging that I have seen, outside the pages of Simone DeBeauvoir:
That is devastating.