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Status Symbols

“There is no science to it, or even art.  It’s a business of hunches.”–Bill Clegg, author of Did You Ever Have A Family, quoted in The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2015

Every so often (at least once a week) The Wall Street Journal includes a section on conspicuous consumption.  The usually expensive things–houses, jewelry, cars–carry eye-popping prices, as do more utilitarian items–boots, scarves, tennis shoes.  Someone buys these things, of course, not because they are necessary, but because they fulfill a psychological need.  It seems this impulse has reached the publishing industry. Continue reading