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Class by Paul Fussell
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Mar 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ones-i-really-loved
Read in January, 1986

Fussell was an English professor at Penn, my undergrad college, when this came out. I read it then and laughed out loud. Similar to the Preppie Handbook it laid out the rules and preferences of each of the social classes, from the upper class, all the way down to the proles - who loved nothing more than to show off the high design technology of their baseball caps, by wearing them backwards! The book is written in a slightly more sophisticated manner, befitting an Ivy League professor, but is nonetheless rather cruel at heart. This was written in the early 80s when America was skinnier and WalMart had yet to provide the goods for half of America. Consider this one of the unintended inspirations for the website "People of WalMart."
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