[National Review Online, November 9, 2004]
If you're of a certain age, when you hear the name "Alfie" a song immediately starts up in your head. You might even be able to sing mentally through the entire theme (though for some of us it veers into a part where Tom Jones is going "wo, wo wo," and then there's a verse about Georgy Girl). But the line you remember for sure is, "What's it all about, Alfie?" In other words, What is the meaning of life? Is it only about pleasure? Does "life belong only to the strong"? What about that "old Golden Rule"? Wo, wo wo?