February 1, 2010

ANYONE EDIT THE ATLANTIC (wonders Steve Jacobson):

Jersey Shore Joins the Canon: From Pride and Prejudice to Archie to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jersey Shore is following in a longstanding artistic tradition of humiliation and bad decisions at the beach. (Alyssa Rosenberg, 1/26/10, Atlantic)

And Bath is the setting for Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s immortal comic play The Rivals, first performed in 1775. Whether the sea air is responsible for Mrs. Malaprop’s linguistic manglings is open to dispute, but there’s no question that the social whirl in the resort drives everyone else to hilariously desperate straits. Whether they’re disguising themselves as poor soldiers to give the girls they want to marry properly romantic affairs, or tricking elderly gentlemen into fits of passion, sea-bathing seems less like a cure than a cause of strained nerves.

Not to dispute by any non-ignoramus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2010 6:58 PM
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