AL­TER­NA­TIVE ETI­QUETTE FOR HOL­I­DAY TA­BLES

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

“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.”

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