Maids of honor

5 August 2008

So you’re reading a profile of Chinese mu­si­cian Yang Yang in The New Yorker (link leads to an extract only) and you come across a passage that goes

When he is handed flowers, the first thing he does after smiling and saying thanks, is look around, eyes darting, for some­where to ditch the flowers. For nine days I felt like a maid of honor.

… and then you flip back a few pages to check that, yes, it was David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker himself, who wrote the piece, and who is now gra­ciously sub­or­di­nat­ing himself to the subject of his profile.