...but sometimes the nation's newspaper of record reads like one. Alan Jacobs at The American Scene makes appropriate fun of this line from an Eric Asimov story on wine:

People are unlikely to be ridiculed for buying $300 jeans that are washed, bleached and beaten over rocks instead of $60 jeans that will last a decade.

My favorite example of the Times's sheltered, blue-statey innocence from the past few days was the sub-headline on the Sunday magazine's cover story on girls and sports injuries:

Everyone wants girls to have as many opportunities in sports as boys. But can we live with the greater rate of injuries they suffer?

Really? "Everyone"? There's a whole big country out there, Gray Lady. You might want to plan a visit.

--Christopher Orr