I Sing the New Jersey Electric

The New York Times had to ruin it. The paper finally dropped the snooty subtext sprinkled throughout its Metro section, its Real Estate section and its none too subtle Dining In section ("Tonight, my lord, we shall attempt to eat in our very own home!") and just came out and said it. In a front-page story about the Bruce Springsteen concert was this comment: "Many people seemed, for a day at least, to exult in the fact that they too were from New Jersey."

I attended the first of 15 sold-out Springsteen shows in New Jersey last week, with a love...

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