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The Trouble with Brunch - Shawn Micallef

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Title
The Trouble with Brunch - Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure
Author
Shawn Micallef
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Coach House Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140819

What do your Eggs Benedict say about your notions of class?Every weekend, in cities around the world, bleary-eyed diners wait in line to be served overpriced, increasingly outr food by hungover waitstaff. For some, the ritual we call brunch is a beloved pastime; for others, a bedeviling waste of time. But what does its popularity say about shifting attitudes towards social status and leisure? In some ways, brunch and other forms of conspicuous consumption have blinded us to ever-more-precarious employment conditions. For award-winning writer and urbanist Shawn Micallef, brunch is a way to look more closely at the nature of work itself and a catalyst for solidarity among the so-called creative class.Drawing on theories from Thorstein Veblen to Richard Florida, Micallef traces his own journey from the rust belt to a cosmopolitan city where the evolving middle class he joined was oblivious to its own instability and insularity.The Trouble with Brunch is a provocative analysis of foodie obsession and status anxiety, but it's also a call to reset our class consciousness. The real trouble with brunch isn't so much bad service and outsized portions of bacon, it's that brunch could be so much more.

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Shawn Micallef: Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and the co-editor of Spacing magazine. He teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design and was a 2011?12 Journalism Fellow at Massey College. He writes about cities, culture, architecture, art, and politics.



"As Toronto grows into a more mature, more compelling city, a new group of non-academic, street-smart urbanists has emerged to appreciate it - with-it young writers, architects and men and women about town who love big cities and see things in Toronto that most of us miss. Shawn Micallef is one of the sharpest of this sharp-eyed breed." - Globe and Mail


"A smart and intimate guide to the city that makes you feel like an insider from start to finish."
- Douglas Coupland [on Stroll]





"As Toronto grows into a more mature, more compelling city, a new group of non-academic, street-smart urbanists has emerged to appreciate it ? with-it young writers, architects and men and women about town who love big cities and see things in Toronto that most of us miss. Shawn Micallef is one of the sharpest of this sharp-eyed breed." ? Globe and Mail


"A smart and intimate guide to the city that makes you feel like an insider from start to finish."
? Douglas Coupland [on Stroll]


Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
Ontario
Number of Pages
112

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