There's something new in ideas, at last, announces Salon: "First there was Horace. Then there was Juvenal. Now there is David Kamp." My goodness! You see, this fellow has invented the "aspirational satire" with his new book, "The Food Snob's Dictionary." Except then Salon goes on to say he sorta didn't? "By targeting two distinct kinds of readers—those who read one of the Snob's Dictionaries to learn the information it contains, and those who read it to congratulate themselves that they already know it—Kamp is following a trail blazed by his fellow Spy magazine alum Lisa Birnbach. Birnbach's 1980 'The Official Preppy Handbook' is the ur-document of aspirational satire." Mmm, take-backs.

Snobbery Rules [Salon]