David Brooks is pressed about class.
The Baffler,  July 14, 2017

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What do rich people and cockroaches have in common?

Honestly, lots of things, but in this case it’s the ability to survive a nuclear apocalypse. Over at The New Republic, John Carl Baker looks at the trend of luxury bunkers and how, even at the end of the world, the ultra-wealthy will come out on top.

 

David Brooks is a bad writer and a worse friend.

Everyone had fun with Brooks’s now-famous anecdote about sandwiches, but Alex Nichols notes that he’s hardly alone in using culinary metaphors as a way of patronizing the working class.

 

Recommendation: this Letter of Recommendation.

Shuja Haider pens a lovely and moving letter of recommendation in The New York Times Magazine this week for the oft-obscured Detroit roots of techno. Synthesizing the history of music and labor in the rust belt, it’s enough to make us reconsider the sins of rave culture.

 

And then he just . . . tweeted it out.

Writer Jared Yates Sexton garnered a lot of sympathy by documenting what many assumed was the plight of an investigative reporter. Turns out he’s just a fraud. Meta.

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