The Status Revolution: The Improbable Story of How the Lowbrow Became the Highbrow

The Status Revolution: The Improbable Story of How the Lowbrow Became the Highbrow

by Chuck Thompson
The Status Revolution: The Improbable Story of How the Lowbrow Became the Highbrow

The Status Revolution: The Improbable Story of How the Lowbrow Became the Highbrow

by Chuck Thompson

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Overview

How did rescue dogs become status symbols? Why are luxury brands losing their cachet? What’s made F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous observations obsolete? The answers are part of a new revolution that’s radically reorganizing the way we view ourselves and others, that “will be hard for pop-culture readers to put down” (Booklist).

Status was once easy to identify—fast cars, fancy shoes, sprawling estates, elite brands. But in place of Louboutins and Lamborghinis, the relevance of the rich, famous, and gauche is waning and a riveting revolution is underfoot.

Chuck Thompson—dubbed “savagely funny” by The New York Times and “wickedly entertaining” by the San Francisco Chronicle—sets out to determine what “status” means today and learns that what was once considered the low life has become the high life. In The Status Revolution, Thompson tours the new world of status from a small community in British Columbia where an indigenous artist uses wood carving to restore communal status; to a Washington, DC, meeting of the “Patriotic Millionaires,” a club of high-earners who are begging the government to tax them; to a luxury auto factory in the south of Italy where making beautiful cars is as much about bringing dignity to a low-earning region than it is about flash and indulgence; to a London lab where the neural secrets of status are being unlocked.

“Chock-full of fascinating revelations” (In Touch Weekly) and with his signature wit and irreverence, Thompson explains why everything we know about status is changing, upends centuries of conventional wisdom, and shows how the new status revolution reflects our place in contemporary society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476764948
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 01/17/2023
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,066,646
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chuck Thompson is the author of the widely reviewed political screed Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, as well as the comic memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back. His writing has appeared in Outside, Politico, Esquire, Men’s Journal, The New Republic, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Status in Chaos 1

1 The woman who invented rescue dogs: Status as Virtue Signaling 15

2 A Rich yet Tasteful History: Status as Vice 37

3 Music, wine, and sex appeal: Status as Neurological Imperative 55

4 Sports cars and small penises: Status as Inclusivity 79

5 The King of Comfort: Status as Social Justice 103

6 Luxury at the end of the world: Status as Authenticity 131

7 Rebels of Philanthropy: Status as Disruption 165

8 Fitzgerald was wrong: Status as Egalitarianism 189

Conclusion: Status Reborn 213

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 223

Index 253

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