"In reality, Americans are less likely to move upward from their class of origin than are Germans, Canadians, Finns, French people, Swedes, Norwegians, or Danes. But the myth, fortified with bracing doses of positive thinking, persists. As two researchers at the Brookings Institution observed, a little wryly, in 2006:
“[The] strong belief in opportunity and upward mobility is the explanation that is often given for Americans’ high tolerance for inequality. The majority of Americans surveyed believe that they will be above mean income in the future (even though that is a mathematical impossibility).”"
Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (via x09)
Like that paraphrase of Steinbeck: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
Introductory Foods, by Barbara Scheule and Marion Bennion.
Not about Gerber products, oddly.
When you don’t remain polite, due to rebellion or exhaustion, then they take off the mask and you see all their teeth bared.
Note from a patron on their library hold request for A Clash of Kings. Well played.
Ah, another Millennium library. Also, cool note etc., of course.
"Your library is your portrait."
Holbrook Jackson (via writingquotes)
So I look overfed and underutilized. Good good.
Librarians experience a profound sense of guilt when asking patrons to pay their fines - unless the patron tries to wriggle out of a single day’s overdue fee, in which cases librarians may become both supremely inflexible and unbearably smug.
There’s also a specific sort of person who wriggles, and denying them brings special joy.
April 16, 2014
Am finding it inexplicably difficult to sympathize with the insurance-related plight of someone whose vanity plate reads “CORP JET.”