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One of the New Yorker anthologies that is a sneaky good one. The few years leading up to Y2K were just as crass as the 1980's and "me" oriented as the 1970s, and the collection pulls no punches at examining some of the crass, self-centered folks of the era (including a spot-on profile of Donald Trump, who then as now was a vapid showboat whose empire seems built on illiquidity, debt, and speculation), as well as those at the other end of that Gilded Age.
Like any compilation, some essays will be better than others. Like any compilation that's 20 years old at this point, some writing will feel dated while some will maintain classic relevance. There's a bit of both in here. It's an enjoyable book wherein the reader shouldn't feel bad about skipping essays if the mood strikes them.
Short stories about figures from the pop culture, a myth of our time if you will.
Great collection of New Yorker profiles from the heyday of the Long Boom, with some of its best business writing ever. (But the Trump profile seems really soft when re-read from the vantage of 2017.)
A curious mixture of the sublime and the staid. With any articles read more than a few years removed from the era in which they were written, there is a chance that they will not have aged well, that the context in which they flourished no longer permeates the world. One hopes that such things will have a certain timelessness, which would be why they're worth putting into a book in the first place, but this doesn't always work. And then there's the chance that even the book itself might not be l...
This is an anthology of articles from the "New Yorker"magazine. For a number of years I read this weekly magazine, practically cover-to-cover. But I nolonger do. I had read none of the articles in this book.The writing throughout is in the high standard of thismagazine. However, most of it is out-of-date. The articles are all loosely connected to themes of wealth,economy, or even non-wealth. But since the latest articleis dated April 2000, nothing relates to the recession thatwe still feel. So m...
This ambitious collection boasts a half dozen enthralling features that one would expect from the usual excellent calibre of The New Yorker. It's supported by many more astutely observed pieces, but for this reader, the topic of wealth got a little exhausting and exhausted, tapering off amid an elitist air and too gradual pace... TNGA is strongest when it's telling remarkable human stories (Trump, Gates, those on the social margins, first-person confessionals). The pithy bits were not for me - s...
Profiles, trend pieces, and slices of life from the boom years of the late 1990s. It was probably more interesting to read this book now than it would've been when it came out - it freezes in time the internet boom and the country's pre-September 11 giddiness.
The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence (2000)