The recent announcement that Beatles songs would be available on iTunes got a lot of coverage, writes Nitsuh Abebe at New York. In turn, the hubbub got on the nerves of "people who hate hearing about" or simply don't like the band. It's understandably tempting to disdain the Liverpool quartet. After all, hating The Beatles is "a lot more interesting than not caring either way" and, if you express your displeasure at the right parties, "you can wind up standing in a corner looking like a delightful raconteur, with half a dozen people standing around you hanging on your every word." Still, if you're going to argue against such a beloved institution, "you should do it carefully and effectively." Here's an excerpt from Abebe's list of droll pointers:

Pick the right Beatles song to begrudgingly enjoy. The Beatles released many songs of many types, and you will be called upon to confess that there is at least one you enjoy.... Just be sure that [it] doesn’t explain your taste too well. For instance, if you only enjoy heavy music, don’t say that "Helter Skelter" is okay. It’ll be much more fascinating if you [routinely] listen to nothing but Satan-obsessed thrash metal but enjoy the song "Piggies" — that’s the kind of aesthetic people will want to know more about. When in doubt, "Dig a Pony" is always a good choice, because people like ponies.

Read the entire article in New York.