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The Quest for a Perfect Chair

Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
The dear mother of Miss Manners, who originally named her daughter Judith Martin, advised her that when sailing across the Atlantic, she should travel first or third class, but never in the mediocre middle. As Judith explains, “In first class, in those days, you had luxury; in third class, you had fun. This is the proper distribution of the world’s blessings. In second class, you had neither.” Remember the movie Titanic, which didn’t even bother to show the people in the middle? We saw the rich having cocktails and the poor having a dance to music they made for themselves. Finances here at the museum sometimes make me feel like one of those people riding in third class, also known as steerage. I produce exhibits and carry out repairs on a shoestring. It ..

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