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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

John Jeremiah Sullivan on the "Weird Implicit Enmity" of American Males in Crowds

"I've been to a lot of huge public events in this country during the past five years, writing about sports or whatever, and one thing they all had in common was this weird implicit enmity that American males, in particular, seem to carry around with them much of the time. Call it a laughable generalization, fine, but if you spend enough late afternoons in stadium concourses, you feel it, something darker than machismo. Something a little wounded, and a little sneering, and just plain ready for bad things to happen."

 ~John Jeremiah Sullivan from his essay, "Upon This Rock."