Femmostroppo Reader – August 7, 2009

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  1. I’m, ahem, usually aware of most Internet Traditions, but I missed the source of the quote “this is why we can’t have nice things”, which I see a lot over at Crooked Timber. Is it something like, “the lefties all want us to wear Mao suits” and “Greenies will have us all freezing in the dark” that we heard in previous decades?

  2. Helen, just like “don’t run with scissors” before something bad happens, the parent surveying the ruins resulting from some child’s brilliant idea and saying “this is why you can’t have nice things” is a parenting cliché.

  3. I’ve always heard it as “This is why we can’t have nice things,” which is also funny. I’ve always been a bit suspicious of homes with children which are nonetheless impeccable and with very breakable things placed in very breakable ways…

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