Here are the first lines of today’s column by the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker, the real life version of a white character from The Help, in which she bemoans the present day profusion of “showoffs” who engage in “narcissistic indulgence.”

“So, Mom,” he says. “Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Meet the Press’?”


“Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Hardball’?”


So goes a recent conversation with my adult son, who insists I must be more aggressive about raising my profile, building my brand and promoting myself.

“In my tribe,” I say, “self-promotion wasn’t done.”

“I know,” he says. “Now we brag.”

This was published in the Washington Post, which pays Kathleen Parker—but not you—good money to write these words, and others.

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