On Hating Love Actually

Stephen Marche writes about Love Actually, class, English public school and being a colonized person. “I am obsessed with English culture while hating Englishness itself: That’s what it means to be a colonized person. I am Canadian, but I also spent part of my childhood as a schoolboy in England. In the mid-1980s, my father was studying for a PhD in semantics at the London School of Economics and sent me to a school in Cambridge, a school imbued with all the weirdness of the tribalistic English middle class, with red-and-black striped uniforms and Latin lessons and daily fist fights over my accent. I would have been 10 years old.”

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