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"There’s a very particular charm and friendliness that permeates the entire region: I find myself saying 'Excuse me' when someone bumps into me, and I think that’s emblematic of the Midwestern experience. The flip side: that outward friendliness remains, even when the inward thoughts are not so friendly, resulting in a weird, tense, passive aggression, where you’ll tell someone 'We really need to hang out sometime,' even though you’d be happy never seeing them again, except you know you’ll see them in the same grocery store every week for the rest of your natural, God-given lives." - John LaPine

September 26, 2018 in Books | Permalink


That’s the midwest in two sentences. I don’t know how many times people have apologized to me just for being in a grocery aisle and looking at something. “No, you’re fine,” I always say.

Posted by: Michael Leddy at Sep 27, 2018 9:00:04 PM