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By David Brooks

Do you think that spending $15,000 on a media heart is vulgar, yet that spending $15,000 on a slate bathe stall is an indication that you're at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you're employed for a kind of visionary software program businesses the place humans come to paintings donning mountain climbing boots and glacier glasses, as though a wall of ice have been approximately to return sliding in the course of the car parking zone? if that is so, you are a Bobo.

In his bestselling paintings of ''comic sociology,'' David Brooks cash a brand new be aware, Bobo, to explain modern day higher classification -- those that have wed the bourgeois international of capitalist company to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Their hybrid way of life is the ambience we breathe, and during this witty and severe examine the cultural effects of the knowledge age, Brooks has outlined a brand new iteration.

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If your Christmas tree lights are vintage 1 93 3 with the slightly larger bulbs, your sophisticated guests will ap­ preciate your nose for old-fashioned workmanship. No­ body wants to talk about a diamond necklace over dinner, 92 B OBOS IN PARAD/II but it's charming to start a conversation about the host \ African-inspired salad se rving forks. The smaller an itell l is, the more praiseworthy it is to have thought deeply a bout its purchase. Rule 4. You can never have too much texture. Smoothness may have been pleasing to Edmund Burke.

The educated-class meritocrats have taken over the old Main Line suburb, j ust as they took over the elite colleges and the New York Times weddings page. The manor grounds have been broken up, and developers have put up $ 600,000 homes for the multidegreed profes- CONSUMPTION 61 sionals. The lawyers who bought five-bedroom Victorians in the 1 990s have different attitudes than the lawyers who bought five-bedroom Victorians in the early sixties. And even the scions of the old WASP families have adapted to the new mode.

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