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John Brooks

John Brooks is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of many books. His latest, published in 1981, is Showing Off in America .

Articles by this Author

Our fascination with categorizing ourselves was fed in 1949 by a famous essay and chart that divided us by taste into different strata of culture. Now the man who invented these classifications brings us up to date.
Corruption, Yesterday and Today
“In terms of change in American attitudes and American values, these last five years have surely been the crucial ones in the quarter century since V-J Day. And these changes seem of such a magnitude that every American except the very young, the very empty, and the very enclosed must now, to some extent, feel himself a foreigner in his native land”
Somehow the royal land grants in New Jersey are still operating, and every now and then they pay off