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On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Socio-Comedic Analysis of America

    David Brooks has the chops to pull off a 'socio-comedic' analysis of American life today (and, in his view, since the days of the Revolution), and this book is both amusing and enlightening. At times sharply analytical and and at turns sharply cynical, Brooks musters much to support his thesis that we have always been a future oriented society and that has very much been our strength.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Brooks Does It Again

    Following hard on the heels of his best -selling 'BoBos in Paradise', David Brooks has come up with another terrific work of 'comic sociology'. This time, it is his turn to take on deTocqueville, who saw in Americans' overweening optimism and future-orientation the essence of the American character. In Brooks' hands, it becomes fodder for a biting, funny, spot-on analysis of contemporary American society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Patio-man moves out when liberals move in

    In a sequel to 'Bobos in Paradise' Brooks introduces us to a bunch of new American types: Patio-man, Realtor Mom, Cosmic Blondes and Brunettes, and the Organization Kid. Pretty innocuous fun stuff, you might think. But no. The New York Times sent out Michael Kinsley on a search-and-destroy mission to pan it. Now why might that be? It must be that most Americans really believe that America is a city on a hill, the last best hope of mankind. And we can't have that. It must be that Americans live under a ¿Paradise Spell¿ the feeling that there is some glorious destiny just ahead.¿ And we can't have that. It must be that America is all about work, with a sign over the nation that reads ¿No admission here, except on business.¿ And we can't have that. That's why Patio-man moves on when the liberals move into town. He believes in live and let live, and liberals don't.

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