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Read online Status Anxiety.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Status Anxiety Anyone who s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton s irresistibly clear headed new book immediately For in its pages a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love To demonstrate his thesis de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins .

Whether it s assessing the class consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism dueling or home furnishing b Status Anxiety b is infallibly entertaining And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy art appreciation or walking a lobster on a leash it is not only wise but helpful by Alain de Botton

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Status Anxiety
Title:Status Anxiety
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ISBN:0375725350
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Number of Pages:306
Category:Philosophy, Non fiction, Psychology, Sociology, Self help
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On Love, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, The Art of Travel, The Course of Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
In the summer of Alain de Botton was installed in the middle of Heathrow s Terminal Five on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens enabling passengers to see what he was writing and to come and share their stories He provides an extraordinary mediation upon the nature of place time and our daily lives, We spend most of our waking lives at work in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us br i br The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work i is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day and night to make the frenzied contemporary world function With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations from rocket science to biscuit manufacture accountancy to art in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul destroying br br Along the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work Why do we do it What makes it pleasurable What is its meaning And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet Characteristically lucid witty and inventive Alain de Botton s song for occupations is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life which is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives, Any Baedeker will tell us i where i we ought to travel but only Alain de Botton will tell us i how i and i why i With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to b How Proust Can Save Your Life b i i de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation the allure of the exotic and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow br br Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations he also cites such distinguished fellow travelers as Baudelaire Wordsworth Van Gogh the biologist Alexander von Humboldt and the th century eccentric Xavier de Maistre who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom b The Art of Travel b is a wise and utterly original book Don t leave home without it, The longing for a destiny is nowhere stronger than in our romantic life we are told at the outset of Alain de Botton s On Love a hip charming and devastatingly witty rumination on the thrills and pitfalls of romantic love br br The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris London flight and by the time they ve reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love He loves her chestnut hair and pale nape and watery green eyes the way she drives a car and eats Chinese food the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic her views on Heidegger s Being and Time although he hates her taste in shoes br On Love plots the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair through the Groucho Marxist stage of coming to terms with being loved by the unattainable beloved through a fit of anhedonia defined in medical texts as a disease resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness and finally through the nausea induced and terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins inexplicably to drift away br br Alain de Botton is simultaneously hilarious and intellectually astute shifting with ease among such seminal romantic texts as The Divine Comedy Madame Bovary and The Bleeding Heart a self help book for those who love too much He is schematically flawless funny funky and totally engaging br Filled with profound observations and useful diagrams On Love displays and examines for all of us the pain and exhilaration of love asking Can we not be forgiven if we believe ourselves fated to stumble one day upon the man or woman of our dreams Can we not be excused a certain superstitious faith in a creature who will prove the solution to our relentless yearnings