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Bobos in Paradise by David  Brooks
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David Brooks is, for lack of a better term, David Brooks. He has two schticks. First is conservative politics presented in a manner palatable to the readership of The New York Times and the viewers of the PBS News Hour. Second is pop anthropological commentary on perceived cultural phenomena. Bobos in Paradise falls into the latter category. "Bobo", a long common term in French of identical meaning, is hipspeak for bourgeois bohemian -- liberals with $$$ and status. The problem, however, is that David Brooks is not hip. (Except perhaps among bobos.)

Brooks' writing emphasizes the big picture but forsakes many of the details that comprise it. This makes Bobos in Paradise an uneven book. At base, observation of the obvious, with a few legitimately thoughtful, and more than a few legitimately funny, turns.
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Gary the SophistiCat This really encapsulates David Brooks. I usually find myself shouting at him as I read his column or watch him on TV. But on rare occasions he astounds me with his insights. I think I'll skip the book but I like your take on its author.


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