Comments: Well?

Re: "Nickel and Dimed". I haven't seen whatever reality shows are supposed to be based on the concept of "living as if you are poor when you're totally not". But I have read Ehrenreich's book, and found her awareness of her privilege to be an ongoing issue in her book, one which she describes scrupulously. In no way did I get the impression that Ehrenreich was unmindful of her guaranteed escape route. I don't know if your criticism was intended for Ehrenreich or just the goofy reality shows using a similar premise, but I still recommend the book as insightful and moving.

Posted by larkspur at January 29, 2004 02:38 AM

Not so much for the book (I know her interest was more economic than social) than for the politicians cited as 'living poor' for a few days so they could claim they understand the plight of the poor. And, yes, for those building "entertainment" shows around such situations.

Honestly, though, I found N&D to be less insightful than I'd hoped. An interesting read, yes, but shallow. I'm aware that mine is a minority opinion and I know of no one else who wasn't moved by the book.

Posted by Anne at January 29, 2004 10:57 AM