Friday, June 10, 2005

Class in America

If you haven't read the recent New York Times series of articles on class then here are the links. I highly recommend this series.

Shadowy Lines that Still Divide
Life at the Top in America Isn't Just Better, It's Longer
When Richer Weds Poorer, Money Isn't the Only Difference
Up From the Holler: Living in Two Worlds, at Home in Neither
On a Christian Mission to the Top
Blue Collars in Olive Drab
The College Dropout Boom
No Degree, and No Way Back to the Middle
15 Years on the Bottom Rung
Who Has the Work? He Who Finds the Busboys
When the Joneses Wear Jeans
The Five-Bedroom, Six-Figure Rootless Life
Old Nantucket Warily Meets the New
Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
In Fiction, a Long History of Fixation on the Social Gap

The series is ongoing, and it's been excellent. Also, see what I've been reading (on the left sidebar) for more commentary on class. Limbo is one of the most influential books that I've read in my entire life.