We in Chelm greatly appreciate Michael Chabon's mentioning us in the New York Times, but we are not quite sure that his disquisition on Jewish stupidity was completely correct.
I myself went to Pinya the Philosopher with my copy of the Times (which was a little muddy after having been trampled under the feet of my donkey, Blau), and read him the following insight of Chabon's: "A stupid Jew is like a hole in the pocket of your pants, there every time you put them on, always forgotten until the instant your quarters run clattering across the floor."
"Brilliant, isn't it, Pinya?" I asked.
Pinya sniffed. "I don't know about that," he said. "Has Professor Chabon conducted a scientific experiment to confirm this hypothesis of his?"
I had to admit that I didn't know.
"All of my pants have holes in them," Pinya pointed out, "and yet I never lose a single kopeck, much less one of these 'quarters' of the professor's. And do you know why?"
"Why what?" I had to remind Pinya of what we were talking about. He's a little absent-minded.
"Oh yes," he said proudly. "I never lose a single kopeck, because I never have any money!"
We in Chelm are delighted to see that the rest of the world is following Pinya's lead in this regard.