Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Notes from a misanthrope.

I got this from a book review in today's New York Times. You can read the entire review of "The Gift of Thanks" by Margaret Visser here:

Here are some parts of the review I found particularly stirring: “It is a fact of life that people give dinner parties, and when they invite you, you have to turn around and invite them back. Often they retaliate by inviting you again, and you must then extend another invitation. Back and forth you go, like Ping-Pong balls, and what you end up with is called social life.”

..."the word 'host' is related through Indo-European roots to the words 'hostile' and 'hostage.'"

"English speakers are obsessed with the terms 'thanks' or 'thank you.' We often say these words more than 100 times a day, in a flurry that many other cultures find baffling."

I'm not against gratitude or anything. I just generally hate everyone.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog.

george tannenbaum said...

Thank you for reading it.

Kelly said...


The other day I said to a friend (how ironic) that I just can't stand people. She laughed.

Now I see why. You say it, and it strikes me as quite funny.

Is it people? Or irritating, time-wasting, shallow, ignorant people?

Susan Ellis said...

Er, excuse me, I'm sorry to interrupt, but, uh, thanks, really, thank you, for posting.
~ a polite Canadian.