I read "Rambles in Old College Towns" by Hildegarde Hawthorne recently. She is the granddaughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book was published in 1917 during World War I.
On a Spring Day during the War Years, Ms. Hawthorne and her sister, who lived in New York City, resolve to take a month's vacation to visit the college towns on the Eastern Seabord. They rode a train from New York's Penn Station to Charlottesville, Virginia where they began their tour of the University of Virginia. From there they stopped at William and Mary in Williamsburg. They then turned northward where they visited Annapolis, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Bowdoin (N.H. attended Bowdoin) Dartmouth, Wellesley, Amherst, Smith, Williams, Vassar, West Point and Cornell. The book is beautifully descriptive and written. Ms. Hawthorne gives a nice history of each of the colleges - who founded them - when - and under what circumstances.
After leaving Smith, Sister turned to Ms. Hawthorne:
"We've seen a lot," said sister. "But you'd have to live four years in the place to get hold of it - and that, by the way, is the trouble in seeing any college. They can't really be seen - they have to be lived."
WASPdom is lived by WASPs. It cannot be purchased at Ralph Lauren. It cannot be copied from Richard's "A Privileged Life" book that he keeps in his office for all to see. It cannot be blogged about by an outsider. Richard believes that images are the backbone of WASPdom. Copy an image and call it a day is Richard's motto. Richard has never been to any of the WASP clubs such at the Union. He has never been to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He has never been to the resort towns mentioned in Cleveland Amory's book, The Last Resorts, he has not studied the nuances and subtlties of WASP families discussed by Nelson Aldrich, Edward Digby Baltzell or Cleveland Amory and others. Richard's lack of authority on the issue leaves him frustrated when he cannot muster the words to have a discussion with his critics.
I will continue to read books on sociology while continuing to laugh at Richard and his "blog."
Oh, and every WASP should own $50, poorly made Weejuns. Go get yours now while supplies last. Richard says so.