LIVE ZOOM: Book Discussion: The Velvet Rope Economy, by Nelson D. Schwartz

Tuesday December 13, 2022: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (PST) via Zoom

Join the LA Law Library book discussion group via Zoom as we conclude our year-long exploration of income inequality with a discussion of The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business, by Nelson D. Schwartz.  In nearly every realm of daily life there is an invisible rope that divides how Americans live.  On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened.  On the other side, middle and working class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at an amusement park, a college acceptance letter, or a hospital bed.  Author Schwartz not only documents all the ways the business culture has learned to cater to the rich at the expense of everyone else, but also explains why it matters.

About the Author:

  • Currently Managing Director of Teneo, a global CEO advisory firm
  • Spent more than two decades as a leading business journalist, first at Fortune and then at The New York Times, covering economics with a special interest in issues re: inequality
  • Author of The View From Behind the Velvet Rope, an occasional series in The Times on how growing disparities in wealth are leading to priority treatment of the rich
  • Recipient of the 2014 Nathanial Nash Award given by The Times to the reporter who “best excels in business and economic news”

Presented by: Katie O’Laughlin, Managing Librarian, Reference & Research

Registration fee: FREE.  This discussion will be hosted via Zoom.  Zoom information and link will be emailed to registrants prior to discussion.

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