Fourth, from that perspective it is hard to see an argument that four years of an elite education is going to shape someone's life so completely that they would not be able to relate to the rest of the populace.This is where I agree with you, as evidenced my by earlier comments. This man is a professor, not a four-year graduate of an elite school. He's been in the Ivory Tower for all of his working life, which is why he can't relate to his plumber. It has nothing to do with your average elite graduate.In fact, I would say that English is part of the problem. Most of the English grad students I know are completely unable to relate to working stiffs, regardless of where they study.