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Book cover for Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
It was a beautiful world, preserved in the amber of fiction and memory. A world of faded aristocrats and remembered vintages, of boat trains and small family-run hotels that never changed, of excursions to Switzerland and meals in French ...more

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Awareness by Anthony de Mello
""You guys are such idiots. Just look at you all. Fretting about, worrying, stressing about everything... But hey, I have the key to take all of your stresses away! Yes, I do! Look closely in my eyes, though, because before you have the chance to a..." Read more of this review »
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Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
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What the hell are these Trump wackos thinking? I get the appeal to racists and other deplorables... but how could good people support this asshole? If you're really interested in the answers, read this. It's written by a woman from Berkeley who had t ...more
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Thomas Piketty
“In 1910, capital inequality there was very high, though still markedly lower than in Europe: the top decile owned about 80 percent of total wealth and the top centile around 45 percent (see Figure 10.5). Interestingly, the fact that inequality in the New World seemed to be catching up with inequality in old Europe greatly worried US economists at the time. Willford King’s book on the distribution of wealth in the United States in 1915—the first broad study of the question—is particularly illuminating in this regard.13 From today’s perspective, this may seem surprising: we have been accustomed for several decades now to the fact that the United States is more inegalitarian than Europe and even that many Americans are proud of the fact (often arguing that inequality is a prerequisite of entrepreneurial dynamism and decrying Europe as a sanctuary of Soviet-style egalitarianism). A century ago, however, both the perception and the reality were strictly the opposite: it was obvious to everyone that the New World was by nature less inegalitarian than old Europe, and this difference was also a subject of pride.”
Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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