you missed it in hardback, you have a second chance to read Bobos
in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, the
2000 bestseller by David B. Brooks, AB'93, now that it's in paperback
(Touchstone, 2001). Brooks, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard,
writes with wit and insight about the Bourgeois Bohemians ("Bobos"),
educated elites whose hybrid of capitalist and hippie principles
make "being good compatible with making good."
reconciliation of bourgeois and bohemian is not without its contradictions,
and Brooks analyzes them in comic detail, including his seven
rules of "Financial Correctness." Rule 4 is, "You
can never have too much texture." In their quest for roughness
and the virtue it connotes, he notes, "[r]eally rich Bobos
will hire squads of workmen with ball-peen hammers to pound some
rustic wear into their broad floor planks."
quotes many U of Cers (Robert Bork, Richard Rorty, Hannah Arendt,
Norman Maclean, et al.), and locals and former locals will
enjoy the scenario involving a Chicago professor that he sets
up to demonstrate a chink in the Bobo armor: "status-income
disequilibrium." There's trouble in paradise after all.-M.R.Y.