Twas reading an interesting article in City Journal titled "The Future of Conservative Books"—which focuses mostly on politically conservative books—written by Harry Stein, and came across this very funny quote:
It isn’t surprising, then, that while those who edit the new conservative imprints are in the publishing world, they are distinctly not of it—a dispiriting obstacle in a business that thrives on collegiality. “It was total culture shock,” says Bernadette Malone, until recently senior editor at Sentinel. “Everybody reads the New York Times every day and takes it as orthodoxy—signing books on that basis! It was evident very quickly how insular the whole system is. They could all name three, four, five chefs but couldn’t name a single clergyman.” [emphasis added]
For the life of me, I can only think of the name of one chef, and I suspect she is too low-brow to be considered a real chef by the folks described by Malone. The quote isn't simply clever, of course: it holds a lot of truth. In a former life (before I became Catholic) I worked in advertising in downtown Portland, Oregon, and most of the folks there were of the same socially and politically liberal mold. My immediate boss was a wonderful, talented Jewish lady who had spent nearly thirty years working in New York in the Macy's advertising department. We had all sorts of fun, combative, and (mostly) good-natured conversations about religion and politics, with a decent amount of straight ahead barbs thrown in the mix. She once told me (with a smile) that I was a "zealot" for opposing abortion; from what I could best figure, only two other people in the department—with some 40 employees—were also pro-life. Not surprisingly, they were the only ones who also, as far as I knew, attended some sort of church.
I was shocked when she gave me, as a going-away gift, a copy of Thomas Sowell's Preferencial Policies. "I'm impressed that you know who Sowell is," I said with only partially-feigned surprised. "Oh," she said, "I'd never heard of him until my youngest son, who is a right-wing nut like yourself, mentioned him to me."
Not surprisingly, when she and her husband hosted a party in their stunning six-story townhouse, the food was exceptional. Unfortunately, I never got the name of the chef/catering company...