On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense
It's a shame because whenever he stops trying to amuse, he makes some interesting arguments. His idea is that outwardly dull, unimaginative middle-Americans in the suburbs are actually enlightened engines of progress who we all ought to worship. Or something like th ...more
The UberMom section was observational but I didn't come away with an understanding of why ...more
He’s sneaky to proceed inductively like this. As I read his examples of wealth and prosperity in middle ...more
I don't want to regurgitate what you can read on the book flap, or summarize, as other people have done quite well in their reviews already.
Sometimes when I tell my friends that I'm reading David Brooks, they say, "Oh, that conservative guy that write for the New York Times." The funny thing is, I've read some of his op-ed pieces, and I've heard him on NPR, and I'm not sure why he is labled as conservative. He seems pretty pragmatic and middl ...more
To start this collection of observations, Brooks explores the types of communities in Modern America - starting with the urban "culture-based industries" of the hipster, continuing on to the "crunchy suburbs" (hipsters with kids). Next is the inner ring, combining cocooning with telecommuting, then the suburban core - where the golf concept of "par" seems to rule, f ...more
I will admit that I didn't read the middle section of this book, where Brooks gives his perspective on how Americans deal with things like shopping and higher education. These topics don't particularly interest me, and I'm not sure that I'd trust Brooks's ...more
Woe the conservative who finds favor with the "liberal" press. After his breakthrough turn in Bobos in Paradise, Brooks, a New York Times op-ed columnist, was the rare elephant in the living room that the Blue states could cuddle up to. While none of the criticism seems overtly motivated by politics, there is a tone of disappointment in most of the reviews. Brooks still has a way with his well-honed cultural skewer, although a tendency towards generalizations bothers many critics. The loudest gr...more
On Paradise Drive takes on the ideas of American exceptionalism and consumerism, broadly. At times I feel Brooks is too generous or too o ...more
Another interesting read from David Brooks. His humor is pretty good, and his ideas are very good, and his summary is excellent. But I'm not sure if all the many pages he uses to set up his conclusion is necessary or simply padding.
He uses a lot of current American behaviors then tries to defend them by reaching back to Walt Whitman and earlier to describe how people were concerned about America and Americans 150+ years ago. If this was noticed as unique in human hi ...more
-Brooks' poorly supported and somewhat contradictory view of American exceptionalism, which was said better by frontier theorists a century ago.
-Observations repetitive of Bobos in Paradise
-Brooks constantly telling you how his book is satirical criticism and is meant to be funny. But it really wasnt funny--nowhere near the level of Bobos in Paradise.
My favorite part of the book is in the intro, in which Brooks thanks his wife whose plans for a new addition of ...more
"In Saul Bellow's novel The Adventure of Augie March, one of the characters says to Augie, "You have a nobility syndrome. You can't adjust to the reality situation."
But Brooks feels that this drive for future achievements is not so bad and does perhaps ...more
Brooks is great with words and I found it irresistible to read passages out loud to my husband, but the book lacks cohesiveness and is much a compilation of his articles with additional material and witty examples thrown in. There is a distinct frivolity to this books and he obviously indulges himself in rants much to the pleasure of the reader. I don't agree with much of what he says, but I do enjoy reading him.
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