Quotation by Gerald Early

The Miss America contest is ... the most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition.
Gerald Early (b. 1952), U.S. author. repr. In The Best American Essays, 1991, ed. Joyce Carol Oates (1991). "Life With Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant," Kenyon Review (1991).
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