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— Janet Maslin
Twitchell makes a persuasive argument that the desire for status goods provides a cohesive bond.
Twitchell is an amusingly sassy writer, and he clearly had so much fun researching this book.
Interesting tidbits... Twitchell makes the case for a mild defense of luxury in that its mass consumption ultimately lifts up the masses economically.
— Eugen Weber
— Eugen Weber
Very interesting... intriguing... highly engaging, witty, and sophisticated.
— Ian Brailsford
The author is savvy enough to conduct most of his research in the real world. This is the rare book project that forces the writer to shop on Rodeo Drive, leaf through Vanity Fair... and visit the most extravagant spots in Las Vegas.... [An] engaging addition to the growing field of Luxe Lit.
Exuberant, sprightly, mischievous, gaudy, dippy, endlessly entertaining, and also a bit sad.
Twitchell is at his best here: witty, observant, and self-deprecating... Living It Up is a pleasure to read. Twitchell is an engaging and entertaining writer.
|1||Over the Top: Americans in the Lap of Luxury||1|
|2||The Social Construction of Luxury: A Taxonomy of Taste||41|
|3||Let's Go Shopping: The Streets of Material Dreams||81|
|4||Where Opuluxe Is Made and Who Makes It: LVMH and Conde Nast||123|
|5||How Luxury Becomes Necessity: The Work of Advertising||153|
|6||From Shirts to Tulips: A Musing on Luxury||175|
|7||Viva Las Vegas!: A Strip of Luxury||215|
|8||Still Learning from Las Vegas: How Luxury Is Turning Religious||239|
|Conclusion: A (Mild) Defense of Luxury||269|