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Wednesday, January 04, 2006
It Helps If You Don't Sneer

Mark Gavreau Judge sneers.

As most people know, a metrosexual is a heterosexual man who has good taste in art and music, and likes to pamper himself with nice clothes and expensive grooming. There's only one drawback: I can't stand much of the so-called common-man culture celebrated by the Right.

I don't celebrate much of that common-man culture myself, but I don't disdain it either. Hell, I read comic books and do posts on Survivor. And I can quote Shakespeare. He notes his love of baseball over football; let me tell you, he doesn't want to go up against me in a test on the history of baseball.

But I'm no longer elitist about it. I know too many intelligent people who like NASCAR. I prefer football to baseball while recognizing that the great literature is about the latter. I like Doestoyevsky but don't disdain Rowling out of hand. I'd prefer to listen to an evening of jazz or Celtic music to C&W, but I've heard some C&W that I definitely like.

When you're young, and I suspect Mark is somewhat young, there is a tendency to divide the world into things you really like and crap, and crap must be eliminated. I know I was much more judgmental years ago about stuff I was not into, like rap music and Barry Manilow. Still not my cup of tea, but it doesn't grate on me anymore, and I accept that even smart people can like it.
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