Memoirs of the turn of the previous century are filled with the family's first automobile, its first water closet and electric lights. But I have no memory of my first interaction with an invention that is still reshaping how I live--more and more, Peter and I are now ordering groceries and toiletries from Amazon.
A Libertarian is someone lectures you on self-sufficiency while being too idle to shovel his own sidewalk or buy his own groceries.
Apparently, however, on May 21st, 1998, I decided to order two books from this newfangled Amazon thingy I'd heard about. Perhaps appropriately, they were The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn of the Millenium.
Miss Manners, like Miss Austen, was merciless regarding good manners based on respect and consideration for others. Hmmm, perhaps it was a present.
Heinlein was authoritarian and elitist, and advocated permissive sexual morals, which I guess makes him the writer of their Gospels, and buying his books like going to church.
Incidentally, we look forward to McArdle's article on QVC. It's nice to see her playing to her strengths.