Throughout the book I often go back to the world and ideas of the mid-1950s. Brooks nails Bobos' have-it-both-ways slipperiness with a tolerant smile. Ну а там, если вдруг стало скучно, то можете смело забрасывать. And while mostly I read it for a laugh and a lark, as a bobo in training, there are some larger lessons to be had from the book. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising.
I didn't warm up immediately to this book, but the author's sly sarcasm finally took hold. Nik must first formulate the problems that are threatening the company from starting their work. Meanwhile, the bohemians were the free spirits who flouted convention. The most difficult problem to overcome is that Kava is a hard island to inhabit because of the unavoidable issues the face with disasters and disease. Or, to take the first two letters of each word, they are Bobos.
I found that if you investigated people's attitudes toward sex, morality, leisure time, and work, it was getting harder and harder to separate the antiestablishment renegade from the pro-establishment company man. These Bobos define our age. This small island is in desperate need of help on various levels; one main area is education. I think it's stronger to make the other charge, that we have too many options—especially with the Internet making it much easier to sample retailers and other things throughout the world. I haven't received too many bitter attacks from anybody. Or at least not books that anybody pays attention to.
Most people, at least among the college-educated set, seemed to have rebel attitudes and social-climbing attitudes all scrambled together. Even if you didn't, you'd still better pay attention, because these Bobos define our age. Marvel at their attitudes toward morality, sex, work, and lifestyle, and at how the members of this new elite have combined the values of the countercultural sixties with those of the achieving eighties. Всё ещё рекомендую это эссе желающим иронически взглянуть на бобо-хипстеров - хотя, казалось бы, от этого класса и так камня на камне не оставили за те годы, которые нам приходится их наблюдать. Если серьезно, то книга является исследованием социокультурного феномена появления креативного среднего класса. Seeing inequality—seeing an elite—doesn't drive me crazy.
Whereas the previous generation may have bought new Caddys and held scotch-soaked pool parties to impress their friends, this generation of elites buys organic cotton shirts from American Apparel. I thought, Here's real social resentment—here comes the revolution! Если серьезно, то книга является исследованием социокультурного феномена появления креативного среднего класса. In other words, we regulate our carnal desires with health codes instead of moral codes. He has previously worked for Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly and National Public Radio. We all have a little Bobo in us, I guess.
The book is a pleasure, simultaneously bracing and comforting, like a sauna. In the book with which Brooks will always be associated, he allows us to taste the surprisingly pleasant combination of bourgeois and bohemian cultures. Or maybe we'll decide that there's something wrong with engineering human beings. When I got to the end and read the acknowledgements, it turns out I was right. All societies have elites, and our educated elite is a lot more enlightened than some of the older elites, which were based on blood or wealth or military valor. In 1625, he began his attendance at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a clergyman in the Church of England, but was disillusioned by what he considered the arrogance and ignorance of his fellow students. My family and I finally made it to Hawaii.
I will try to hit the main points of my impressions without going on for too long though. Evangelical Christians have become more affluent and better-educated. It did not seem so then. Bell's social forecasting was prescient. For anyone interested in how this particular group developed historically and how they relate to consumer capitalism this book is a must read. It has a definite New York-centric feel to it. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome.
Events since 2000 have torpedoed that minds Brooks can be funny and he does know how to turn a phrase, but ultimately he's writing about something that had a shelf life of no longer than eight years; I don't think his generalizations about Volvo-driving latte-sippers hold up very well. They are the top 10% of our country. Thomas, and all over the United States. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we all breathe. You mention that you first took notice of Bobo ascendance upon returning from a four-year stint in Europe.
Bobos in Paradise was written a decade ago, so some of the trends Brooks notes here have long since ceased being trends and are firmly established in the mainstream, but no matter -- it's still a fun, breezy read. Paradise of the Blind is beautiful journey through a Vietnam landscape and culture. Duong Thu Huong impresses and captivates the reader with her ability to evoke the colours, the foods, the smells, and the age-old rituals of her country. My other critique of the book is that he uses his unifying bobos theme and seems to consider this group rather cynically instead of people looking to inject human values in their lives, relationships, and jobs. Nevertheless, the social mores he describes mostly hold steady today: fear of commitment, Brooks seems to be writing an autobiographical account of himself and his peers.
In fact, I wondered if these chapters weren't a little more autobiographical than the rest. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. He calls ''Bobos in Paradise'' a work of ''comic sociology,'' and it's hard to imagine any other sort of sociology that could depict this caste so well. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s. They move to bigger, better cities, with more opportunities and more entertainment options, and leave the rest behind to make the best of what Kava has to offer. The content of the book is mainly divided into six parts, the consumption, business life, intellectual life, pleasure, spiritual life and politics.