Complaining before and after 1984

Robert Wexelblatt
1986 Iowa Review : literary quarterly  
You may have noticed that after a good long bout of whining, people will express all sorts of merely vacant or rhetorical wishes, such as: "I wish I hadn't, didn't, needn't, wouldn't, or weren't." We can all furnish our own predicates.
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