It is a truth universally acknowledged…

That a Muslim man, regardless of his fortune, must be in want of a nine-year-old virgin wife.1
That a single man in possession of a good fortune must be queer.2
That a Fallen Woman of good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.3
That a single girl in search of mysteries must occasionally be in want of a big damn knife.4

That strippers should not want to show preference for any individual customer—
that all things being equal, all men behaving equally crudely,
and all billfolds being equally sized,
they should want to thrust their mounds underneath the noses of as many patrons as possible to maximize their payout.5

That Everything Is Funnier With Monkeys.6
That Ph.D. students make tiresome companions.7
That eventually everything turns up on the Internet.8

That large overseas military commitments
cannot be sustained without even larger economic resources.9
That the growing international mobility of goods, capital and technology
has completely changed the economic game.10

That anyone can be killed.11

That most reunions at Christmas end happily, while most reunions at Thanksgiving end sadly.12
That you cannot make a road movie in England.13
That in order to sell books, someone has to buy them.14

That the problem with new shoes is that they are never as comfortable
as the ones they are meant to replace.15

That an up-and-coming neighborhood in possession of increasingly hip retail and rising rents must be in want of a name.16

That a single neuron in possession of a good potential must be in want of a network.17
That the most efficient way of working with AutoCAD is to use the keyboard to enter command aliases or open and close palettes.18
That Q was always to be found guilty of altering F.19
That a single tract of text in possession of charms attractive to potential readers, must be in want of good binding and secure lodging.20
That taxonomy is in a parlous state.21

That he could really be making more money at a hedge fund.22
That one should never direct a writing program before tenure.23
That prevarication is practically part of the job description.24

That all gay men love their mothers.25
That a parent will lie to a child to soften the burden of reality.26



1Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi [source]
2A Ned Rorem Reader, Ned Rorem [source]
3Point of Honour, Madeleine E. Robins [source]
4In The Dark of Dreams: A Dirk & Steele Novel, Marjorie M. Liu [source]
5Lads: A Memoir, Dave Itzkoff [source]
6The Trouble With Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine, Paul Collins [source]
7Economic Democracy and Financial Participation: A comparative study, Daryl D’Art [source]
8Ether: Seven Stories and a Novella, Evgenia Citkowitz [source]
9Colossus: The Price of America’s Empire, Niall Ferguson [source]
10 “We Are Not the World,” Paul Krugman [source]
11Searching Shakespeare: Studies In Culture And Authority, Derek Cohen [source]
12 “The Family Stone,” Roger Ebert [source]
13McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland, Pete McCarthy [source]
14Putting Your Passion Into Print, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry [source]
15Knightley Academy, Violet Haberdasher [source]
16 “WestEnders,” Aaron Britt [source]
17The Neurobiology Of Neural Networks, Daniel Gardner [source]
18AutoCAD 2011 for Dummies, David Byrnes [source]
19Berryman’s Shakespeare, John Berryman [source]
20Evolutionary Bioinformatics, Donald R. Forsdyke [source]
21The New Taxonomy, Quentin Wheeler [source]
22The Social Climber’s Handbook: A Novel, Molly Jong-Fast [source]
23The Writing Program Administrator’s Resource: A Guide to Reflective Institutional Practice, edited by Stuart Cameron Brown and Theresa Enos [source]
24Your Call Is Important To Us: The Truth About Bullshit, Laura Penny [source]
25Brief Encounter, Richard Dyer [source]
26Soul Market, Sonnet O’Dell [source]


Elon Green writes supply-sider agitprop for ThinkProgress and Alternet.