[lit-ideas] Re: 1968

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 16:14:53 -0800

Judy writes:

> so do we Brits [pay far too much for books].   (American Imperialism strikes
> again.)

How so? When we were in the English part of Britain in the early seventies, we
were struck by the fact that _everything_ (except kids' underwear at Marks &
Spencer) cost more than it did in the US. And, even on sabbatical half pay our
income, as far as I could discreetly determine it, was high by British
standards; it was just assumed (and here I'm relying a lot on conversational
implicature) that salaaries were higher in the US because things cost more
there (and maybe vice versa). But they didn't, didn't cost more. So I was led
to wonder how the British got by. That was of course many years ago and I'm
sure it's all been sorted out by now.

Robert Paul
The Reed Institute

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