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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This is a superb book. Twitchell's seemingly lighthearted and often funny analysis of the democratization of luxury goods frequently digs down into some uncomfortable truths about human nature and culture. The best parts are his merciless skewerings of other academics' hilariously inept and hypocritical attempts to define and analyze the meaning of luxury goods. My only complaint is that Twitchell's too narrowly focused on actual goods. He could have profitably expanded his analysis into the American Bobo's purchases of transient experiences (e.g. ecotours, attendance at alternative music concerts and films, etc.) to boost her status and feelings of moral/ethical superiority. He also wrote this book a bit too soon to recognize the power that organic and 'green' goods have in promoting middle-class feelings of self-esteem. Twitchell's effusive, allusive, playful style is a delight. He writes better than 99% of the PhDs on this planet.
Review: Living It UpUser Review - Goodreads
This was a fun book to read. I enjoyed George's stories about vaudeville and his early years. His approach to life is great. Also interesting is that he lived for quite awhile after this book came out, since he lived to be 100.