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Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff

July 20, 2012

Think: David Brooks meets David Sedaris.

Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Whether contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters AirRakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess. He comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.