Elissa Chappell

Even though we may never have occupied such space, we are aware that airlines offer “First Class” and “Business Class” cabins (why not Philosophers’ and Poets’ class, by the way?). It now seems that United Airlines is replacing the “Coach” cabin with “Uncultured and Illiterate” accommodation. The International New York Times reported, on May 9, that Elissa Chappell had written a feature story for the inaugural issue of a literary magazine Rhapsody that United Airlines provides to “first-class and business-class” passengers. The airline does not even try to sell it to the illiterate in steerage. Elissa Chappell is herself quoted as saying: “I would love it if I could read it. But I never fly first class.” I don’t wonder why not.

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