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The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence


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"The dreams and the fears into which Martha Stewart taps are not 'feminine' domesticity but female power, of the woman who sits down at the table with the men and, still in her apron, walks away with the chips." --"," by Joan Didion

"If the speculative boom turns to bust, [Alan] Greenspan will be held responsible for allowing it to get going in the first place. His current reputation will seem as overvalued as an Internet stock." --"The Fountainhead," by John Cassidy

"[Bill] Gates does not exactly look like a leader of men. Crowds do not part when he enters a room. His voice, though it has a high-pitched trill, does not command attention. There is no poetry in his speeches, no swagger in his gait. He is partial to wisecracks and to words like 'cool,' 'neat,' and 'super.' He sits slumped on a stage, looking less like a mogul than like a boy ordered to wear a suit." --"Hard Core," by Ken Auletta

"I have decided that I want--I need--to make a million dollars in the stock market this year."
--"The Quarter of Living Dangerously," by David Denby

"An inside trader who uses a partner to do the investing has a built-in problem: keeping track of the partner is virtually impossible. There is no way to know whether the partner is tipping others. There is no way to know how much money the partner has made by trading on inside information; he can show you what Wall Street people call the confirms, but he might not be showing all the confirms or the relevant confirms."
--"Marisa and Jeff," by Calvin Trillin

"If there is in this story a single moment when I crossed the boundary between debtlessness and total financial mayhem, it's the first dollar that I put toward my life as a writer in New York. . . . It's hard to recognize that you're acting like a rich person when you're becoming increasingly poor." --"My Misspent Youth," by Meghan Daum

"On the day last November when John Falcon learned that he had won forty-five million dollars in the New York State lottery, he realized with trepidation that he was finally going to have to do something about his teeth. At the time, Falcon was a struggling performance artist." --"Mr. Lucky," by Rebecca Mead

"I was shocked when, a few years ago, my stepson, still a college lad of modest means, handed me the stray change on his bureau top--perhaps two dollars' worth--because he did not like to have it jangling in his pocket. Gratefully, even greedily, I accepted the handful of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. To me, once, these coins were huge in value. . . . Now spare pennies sit like a puddle of sludge in a dish on the counter at the post office or convenience store, and sometimes a salesclerk, rather than bother counting out four cents in change, blithely hands you a nickel."
--"A Sense of Change," by John Updike

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Remnick, David
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Short Stories (Anthologies)
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"Synopsis" by , "The New Yorker's" best writers, including Joan Didion, John Updike, Jonathan Harr, and others express how our unprecedented economy has changed the ways in which we live today.
"Synopsis" by , In keeping with its tradition of sending writers out into America to take the pulse of our citizens and civilization, The New Yorker over the past decade has reported on the unprecedented economy and how it has changed the ways in which we live. This new anthology collects the best of these profiles, essays, and articles, which depict, in the magazine's inimitable style, the mega-, meta-, monster-wealth created in this, our new Gilded Age.
        Who are the barons of the new economy? Profiles of Martha Stewart by Joan Didion, Bill Gates by Ken Auletta, and Alan Greenspan by John Cassidy reveal the personal histories of our most influential citizens, people who affect our daily lives even more than we know. Who really understands the Web? Malcolm Gladwell analyzes the economics of e-commerce in "Clicks and Mortar." Profiles of two of the Internet's most respected analysts, George Gilder and Mary Meeker, expose the human factor in hot stocks, declining issues, and the instant fortunes created by an IPO. And in "The Kids in the Conference Room," Nicholas Lemann meets McKinsey & Company's business analysts, the twenty-two-year-olds hired to advise America's CEOs on the future of their business, and the economy.
        And what defines this new age, one that was unimaginable even five years ago? Susan Orlean hangs out with one of New York City's busiest real estate brokers ("I Want This Apartment"). A clicking stampede of Manolo Blahniks can be heard in Michael Specter's "High-Heel Heaven." Tony Horwitz visits the little inn in the little town where moguls graze ("The Inn Crowd"). Meghan Daum flees her maxed-out credit cards. Brendan Gill lunches with Brooke Astor at the Metropolitan Club. And Calvin Trillin, in his masterly "Marisa and Jeff," portrays the young and fresh faces of greed.
        Eras often begin gradually and end abruptly, and the people who live through extraordinary periods of history do so unaware of the unique qualities of their time. The flappers and tycoons of the 1920s thought the bootleg, and the speculation, would flow perpetually--until October 1929. The shoulder pads and the junk bonds of the 1980s came to feel normal--until October 1987. Read as a whole, The New Gilded Age portrays America, here, today, now--an epoch so exuberant and flush and in thrall of risk that forecasts of its conclusion are dismissed as Luddite brays. Yet under The New Yorker's examination, our current day is ex-posed as a special time in history: affluent and aggressive, prosperous and peaceful, wired and wild, and, ultimately, finite.
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