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Home Front: Culture Wars
More On David Brooks's Sandwich Shop
h/t Instapundit
Boy, I tell you, I was steamed by the malicious reaction yesterday to the sandwich shop anecdote in David Brooks’s column yesterday. The column was about the role cultural norms play in perpetuating inequality. His point was that the educated classes, perhaps unintentionally, have set up invisible but real barriers to keeping out the working class and the poor, through cultural codes.

...Let me say point-blank: if you think the sandwich shop anecdote is about sandwich shops or David Brooks’s manners, you are completely missing the point.
Posted by:g(r)omgoru

#8  All these people suck.
The phrase Brooks used "...with only a high school degree" only made it more clear how much I dislike him.
And Dreher can go suck it too. He is the same as Brooks.
I can barely type this they are so annoying. I must have fixed 15 typos.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike   2017-07-17 17:07  

#7  Sometimes a sandwich is just a sandwich.

Brooks and Dreher are overly obsessed with status and class distinctions. There is nothing wrong with wanting success for your children. Wanting the best for your kids doesn't mean there is some kind of cabal of wealthy people who have created an educational system to freeze out others such as poor minorities. That is B.S. I'd say that just the opposite is true.
Posted by: JohnQC   2017-07-17 17:05  

#6  This is not simply a matter of the well-off building cultural barriers that keep others out. These barriers exist in every human society, no matter what the income level, and cannot be fully eradicated. I think what Brooks is getting at is a need to be aware of these things, and to work to lower them...But you have to want to learn. This is hard for a lot of people to do, because they feel that their own identity is at risk.

I highly doubt Mr. Dreher, or any subscriber of American Conservative has had the joy of an 'educated' offspring or sibling lecture them at the Thanksgiving table. Then again, they might be proud that the smug little bastid has jumped the "cultural barrier".

'Pajama Boy', anyone?
Posted by: Pappy   2017-07-17 16:43  

#5  And maybe, just maybe the lady is not in the habit of eating deli bread sandwiches? Have you ever had a sore jaw and tackled a hard roll? Mexican food would be a lot easier to chew.
Posted by: magpie   2017-07-17 13:31  

#4  I'm pretty well edcuated and I like to think I know words and stuff. (Poor English grammar and spelling done on purpose)

Even then I still had to look up them fancy words only to discover what they really mean.

To reiterate: (See what I did here, I used a fancy word and I even knew what it mean!) Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.

I discovered them here fancy words meanings and blow me over, they are dumb!

Padrino - fancy word meaning "godfather" as in "a deal you cannot refuse" godfather. What this has to do with food, I have no idea!

Pomodoro - Fancy time management using a timer, again nothing to do with food, just another made-up BS word. Maybe referring to something like the timer used in fast food restaurants to time the french fries?

Soppressata - An appetizing salami made with Pig's head, tongue, belly and stomach. Yum, Yum!

Capicollo - A dry salami made from a neck muscle. Not brinned. (An unsalted salami, what a novel concept!)

Striata baguette - Basically a "sourdough texture-like french bread" The Striata (stretch) part comes from the baked bread dough tendency to stretch when torn apart. Striatum is also a striped mass of white and grey matter in the brain which controls movement and balance, maybe it's really "cervelle" or "mente"? (A meat dish made from animal brains)

(Subway Sub sandwiches has all that, minus the brain stuff, plus it's cheaper and has more stuff in it.)

Here's an interesting article that touches on this subject, with an interesting list of words and their meanings at the end.

Finally here's a Fancy Meat Primer for Those Who Didn't Study Charcuterie in High School

Hope this was helpful for y'all! :)
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance   2017-07-17 11:41  

#3  "The bread slicing must be done just so as to keep a sharp crease"
Posted by: Frank G   2017-07-17 10:06  

#2  Does he have a ordering website that delivers?
Posted by: Skidmark   2017-07-17 07:52  

#1  I'ma gonna bet David Brooks has never, ever et a sammich. Ever...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2017-07-17 07:49