‘Not unbend our breakfast’

Taking the curve from the croissant, like taking the circumflex out of circulation, is a way of unbending the world, reducing the store of superfluous civilization that is essential to its sanity, and to our continuity. Let us not unbend our breakfast, or oversimplify our spelling too eagerly, or too soon. Such levellings, however efficient they may seem, in the end merely flatten our minds.

– Adam Gopnik ‘Straightened-out croissants and the decline of civilization‘ The New Yorker


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