Magazine March 19, 2012, Issue

The Hipster and the SuperZip

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Analyzing a symbiotic relationship

If you want to make an Episcopalian look down at his shoes, goes the saying, all you have to do is mention two things: Jesus and money.

In his new book, Charles Murray, the Big Brain behind such Big Books as The Bell Curve and Losing Ground, doesn’t talk much about Jesus, but he does talk a lot about money, and what it — or the lack of it — has done to white people. And that has made a lot of white people — especially, it seems, the ones with the cash — very uncomfortable.

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