ALTERNATIVE ETIQUETTE FOR HOLIDAY TABLES
“How to pick a fight with your relatives this Thanksgiving.” — Advice from Slate writer John Cook, who advises diners to be careful about selecting foes, adopt an air of “bemused contempt” and keep in mind that one is “providing entertainment and mortification” for everyone at the table.
“What should we fight about?” Mr. Cook asks. “Israel. You should fight about Israel. Particularly if you are Jewish or are married to a Jew or are the child of an evangelical Christian. If you can find a way to work your way backward to the Bill Clinton impeachment, that’s always a gold mine of long-repressed rage and conflict. Otherwise you are stuck with the election — amateur hour.”