The Right Coast

October 28, 2005
A Good Thing
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Train wreck avoided. At least that train wreck.

This is a Good Thing. (Which of course is an allusion to Sellar and Yeatman, "1066 And All That", the mock history of England, originally published in 1930: a send-up of the old fashioned style of English school history lessons. The book has given joy to generations of English readers; a Good Thing has become a catch-phrase, even for people who have never read the book. But read the book. It will make you laugh -- even if you were never a schoolchild in England.)