For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of pleasure and company, tables heaping with food and surrounded by families and friends. But for a select few, this time of year brings on a feeling of envy and dread: You only get one chance to provide your children with entrée into elite society—and we’re not talking about dark meat. That’s right, frenzied mothers and fathers throughout Manhattan are working around the clock to finish their kids’ applications to top private schools. This is not child’s play.
THE HEADMASTER’S DILEMMA
By Louis Auchincloss
Houghton Mifflin, 192 pages, $25
Louis Auchincloss’ fans will be happy to celebrate his 90th birthday later this month with The Headmaster’s Dilemma, a novel that puts his grand total at more than 60 books of assorted fiction and nonfiction. Many were written while he was a Read More
What’s in a word? Or, rather, Who?
“Curmudgeon,” for example.
My Random House Unabridged (Second Edition) defines the word as “a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person,” and gives as synonyms, “grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch.” Not, in other words, the essence of jolly, “you leave it, I’ll take it” optimism. I bring this up because, Read More