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On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (and Always Have) in the Future Tense

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Take a look at Americans in their natural habitat: guys shopping for barbecue grills, doing that special walk men do when in the presence of lumber; superefficient soccer Ubermoms who chair school auctions, organize PTAs, and weigh less than their kids; and suburban chain restaurants, which if they merged would be called Chili's Olive Garden Hard Rock Outback Cantina. Are we as shallow as we look? Many around the world see us as the great bimbos. Sure, Americans work hard and are energetic, but that is because we are money-hungry and don't know how to relax.

But if you probe deeper, you find that we behave the way we do because we live under the spell of paradise. We are the inheritors of a sense of limitless possibilities, raised to think in the future tense and to strive toward the happiness we naturally accept.

On Paradise Drive, at once serious and comic, describes this distinct American future-mindedness that shapes our personalities and underlies our beliefs.

Synopsis:

Americans are the inheritors of a sense of limitless possibilities raised to think in the future tense. The author takes a serious and comic look at this future-mindedness that shapes personalities and underlies beliefs.

About the Author

David Brooks writes a biweekly Op-Ed column for The New York Times and appears regularly on PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Great Dispersal

Chapter One: Out for a Drive

Chapter Two: Thyroid Nation

Chapter Three: Americans: Bimbos of the World

Chapter Four: The Spiritual Wind

Chapter Five: Growing

Chapter Six: Learning

Chapter Seven: Shopping

Chapter Eight: Working

Chapter Nine: A History of Imagination

Bibliographical Essay

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743227391
Author:
Brooks, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Brooks, David
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.45 oz

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