A survey of how American spending patterns have spiraled out of control.
I am having an enjoyable debate about how fast is too fast when it comes to reading in the comments portion of the Zadie Smith post I linked to earlier, so it’s a tad ironic that I’m going to tell you that I TOTALLY skimmed this book.
Reason #1. I forgot I already read it.
Reason #2. There isn’t anything in here that I wouldn’t rather just watch on an episode of “Intervention” devoted to shopaholics.
Reason #3. It feels really out-of-date. So much has changed since it was written in 1998 that it’s almost funny. But even for 1998, it’s written in some alternate universe where there wasn’t a dotcom bubble that made people lose their minds.
Reason #4. Her case studies felt manufactured.
Reason #5. It tries too hard to be prescriptive.
I promise that I will always be up front when I skim a book. I give you my word as a superhero that I will never pretend I can read faster than I can. Which is pretty darn fast.