Vanity Overlooks Nobody: Wolfe’s Bonfire

The title of Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) is just that.  The title explains it all.  There are an awful lot of vain and pompous characters in this book, and nobody escapes the scathing criticism and caricatured representations of Wolfe.  It is brilliant writing, astute observations about human nature, and an intriguing... Continue Reading →

Smartness, Exploitation, and Professionalism: An Ethnography of Wall Street

Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (2009) by Karen Ho, an anthropologist, sounds intriguing before you open it.  However, the actual read is somewhat dry and boring, except for certain parts.  I read it for my folklore and work class last semester, and because I had an essay test that required me to write about... Continue Reading →

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