Time and tide

Via Jeff Sypeck, I see that Jen A. Miller has published a guidebook called The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May. I’ll have to get a copy of that, though the title indicates that only about a third of our state’s glorious shoreline is covered.

Perhaps an alternate title could be Shoobie Country, since its coverage area is well within that area, roughly defined as south of the Barnegat Inlet, where “shoobie” is the preferred nickname for inlanders who have the temerity to want to come and swim in the ocean and walk on those beaches the local sandwingers believe God created for their use alone. (North of Barnegat, the default slur is “bennie,” the origin of which is as debatable as “shoobie.”) Jen has invited people to post their Shore memories at her book blog,

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