Monday, June 28, 2010

Is it true that you support the escalation of formality in everyday life?


So is the trend toward casualness an unfortunate event?

Yes, I would say. It makes me unhappy. To some extent, it's on purpose, so I don't know if I would call it unfortunate in the sense of unlucky. There's a casual agenda, and I think it's winning. The pros of formality are forethought put into word and action, spiffier clothing and fetishization of everyday occurrences.
-Daniel Handler (author of the Lemony Snicket books), in The Sunday Conversation interview

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