I went to the public library today.
[Let me digress just for a second to slip in a little Public Service Announcement about the public library. Don't get me wrong; I absolutely love bookstores and I have consumed (and subsequently stored) boxes and boxes of books. But library books are free! And they're better for the environment! And even if your little local branch doesn't have something, you can have it delivered pretty quickly from another branch. Amazing!]
I decided to pick up two cultural critiques of American weddings:
- One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead
- It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 by Katherine Jellison
And here's the clincher: "The American wedding gives expression to the values and preoccupations of our culture. For better or worse, the way we marry is who we are."
What a powerful statement: "The way we marry is who we are."