Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Touchy-feely

Does this make a pair with happy-clappy? Or recall the feelies (not capitalized, not the music group)?

From an interview with John Bradshaw in the article "Those Who Felt Differently," by Ian Jack and Peter Marlow, in the Winter 1997 volume of Granta magazine:

Then the touchy-feely fascists got to work and it began to seem that not to feel unqualified grief was somehow a heresy.

Some time ago I knew a man one of whose parents was a child when the Third Reich was on the rise. The parent's family left Germany before the worst. "How did the family know to leave?" I asked. The man said he didn't know. I wonder if he found out. I wonder how that family closed off one life to begin another.

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