Letter of Recommendation: Dunking

Soaking up the intinctions of others is as much about belief as it is curiosity, I think — belief in a habit’s power to nourish its practitioners as much as comfort and a desire to understand why.

In the early 1930s, a newspaper editor’s note in The Atlanta Constitution mocking a Louisiana governor for dunking, rather than crumbling, his cornbread into a dish of collard pot liquor ignited a national debate over Southern table manners between the laypeople dunkers and the crumblers of the establishment South.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte