High Snobbery: a blog about extravagance and elitism.

  • Make Resolutions of Sobriety for New Year’s Day 2024

    At 12:25 a.m. this morning, I posted an update to Facebook about the state of my sobriety and implored readers to make their own resolutions of sobriety for New Year’s Day 2024. What follows is my Facebook post, which I will soon delete. Sober from tobacco since Dec. 31, 2019. Sober from nicotine since Dec.…

  • Free From All Addictive Substances, Music Sounds Better

    I had my last drink on October 30, 2021, and, like Holly Whitaker, author of “Quit Like a Woman,” I have never questioned the decision. During my last years drinking, I was in a rut. I had little interest in music, which had been a big part of my life when I was younger. It…

  • The (Insert Drug Here) Reevaluation

    Do you ever take substances (e.g., alcohol, marijuana, caffeine) and delete what you deem are embarrassing, revealing, or uncool posts on social media? If yes, this behavior is what I’m coining “The (Insert Drug Here) Reevaluation.” And you should never give in to it! Instead, on your own or with a doctor’s guidance (depending on…

  • Can a Non-Linguist Learn Esperanto?

    While watching CNN last night, I saw a commercial for the watch brand Movado. This brand is best known for its minimalist Museum Watch. The only person I’ve seen wear this watch was a psychiatrist I had for less than a year. He was the best psychiatrist I’d ever had, but unfortunately he most likely…

  • Music Fans Are Like Cult Members

    I’m a music lover, but I would not call myself a superfan of any single artist. One reason I don’t consider myself a superfan is that I understand bands (or athletes, actors, politicians, et al.) can be very influential, but also be deeply flawed on the inside. Children and teenagers will often form their identities…

  • R.I.P., Angelo Badalamenti

    Minutes ago, I learned of composer Angelo Badalamenti’s death. I’ve been a fan of his song “Twin Peaks Theme” for about 15 years—before I’d even seen the television show. On August 17, 2015, I purchased the album “Soundtrack From Twin Peaks” from Amazon and fell in love with it. Shortly thereafter, on September 11, 2015,…

  • Sociopaths Will Ruthlessly Hurt You at Every Opportunity

    I once asked a psychologist what sociopaths think of their conscienceless state. He replied, “I think they find it interesting.” For years now, often when I bring up the subject of sociopathy with my mom, she merely utters in a stupid voice, “Shosheohpath.” I have a feeling I am getting into the Witness Protection Program…

  • ‘The Secret History’ Is Being Sold at Target

    When I was in high school, my mom and I discussed “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992) more than any other novel. It was first published 30 years ago, so I’m not sure why it is being sold at my local Target today (on an endcap for a cashier, no less).…

  • Stop Streaming, and Own Your Media

    The word “streaming” sounds like “urinating”—and that is basically what streaming is to art. Oh, so someone heard a hip band’s new song on a streaming service? Great job, the band just received a fraction of a penny! Do streamers have good taste? Probably not. More importantly, do they ever consider the ethics of their…

  • What Is High Snobbery?

    Hello, and welcome to High Snobbery! This website promises to offer snobbish and elitist thoughts on a myriad of topics. Because we only have one writer (who is also our C.E.O. and editor-in-chief), we are able to maintain a higher degree of independence than our competitors—even The New York Times can’t top us! We cover…

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