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The Rise of the Nouveau Frugalese Or, Why Those Cups of Coffee Won’t Amount to a Hill of Beans [8 June, 2009]

My friend P. used to work at a local independent bookstore.  She loved her work, but it didn’t really pay much and she eventually left for a better-paying job.1

2008 Elections: Class in drag: In American politics, the poor are dressed up as “working class”: [October 2008]

“Lunch-bucket Joe.”  The term's being used to describe Joe Biden, and it emerges breathlessly from the lips of Democrats thrilled at having found someone who can, supposedly, represent the working-class stiff whose vote once seemed locked in favor of Hillary Clinton.  That would be Clinton of the “Sisterhood of the traveling (raw silk) pantsuits,” the millionaire who downed shots to demonstrate her connection to the boys in the working class.

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism [27 January, 2010]

By Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein; Seal Press; 221 pages

Interview with Walter Benn Michaels: Is celebrating all the stripes in the rainbow enough? [March 2007]

I knew the man as well as any of the other commuters. He stood outside the Chicago “el” station, selling copies of StreetWise, the weekly city paper written by homeless people who sell copies on the streets for a dollar each. They get to keep a percentage of the price, and the idea is that you give a homeless person a chance at learning skills that they might use to get jobs.

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