by Graeme Wood

I wish every David Brooks column resembled this one.  (Every Bob Herbert column, too, but let's not be greedy.)

I am led to believe Norwegians now spend more time during their long dark winters eating huge quantities of frozen pizza, and less time cutting off their toes to evade Nazis.  This would appear to be a good trade-off, though any softening of the Norse hardiness depicted in Brooks's column is surely to be lamented.

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