Twitter Reacts To David Brooks’ Article: ‘My $120,000 Vacation’

David Brooks, AB'83, acclaimed NEW York Times columnist, shares a stage with pundits during a panel discussion, "2012: The Path to the Presidency", at the University of Chicago in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. ... David Brooks, AB'83, acclaimed NEW York Times columnist, shares a stage with pundits during a panel discussion, "2012: The Path to the Presidency", at the University of Chicago in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) MORE LESS
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Twitter didn’t take too kindly to a feature story published Friday by New York Times columnist David Brooks that was titled simply “My $120,000 Vacation.”

The piece, which appeared in T, the Times’ style magazine, described Brook’s jaunt on a new round-the-world tour created by Four Seasons for well-heeled clientele. For $120,000, participants can travel around the globe for 24 days on a private jet, stopping off at Four Seasons locations in cosmopolitan centers like Tokyo, New York and Marrakesh.

During his trip, Brooks faced challenges like being forced to accept two complimentary bottles of champagne from hotel staff at the Four Seasons Istanbul and having insufficient time to reflect on a Rembrandt painting he was struck by at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. Though he was impressed by the amenities, overall, he seemed to find the experience wanting.

“Sometimes money allows you to see too many things, too quickly,” Brooks writes. “Sometimes if you seize all the opportunities your money affords, you may end up skimming over life and nothing is deep enough to leave a mark.”

According to Brooks, most of his fellow travelers were “rich but not fancy,” meaning they were “socially and intellectually unpretentious.”

Somehow, this struck Brooks as a flaw.

“They treated the crew as friends and equals and not as staff,” he writes. “Nobody was trying to prove they were better informed or more sophisticated than anybody else. There were times, in fact, when I almost wished there had been a little more pretense and a little more intellectual and spiritual ambition.”

Needless to say, his article was ripped to shreds by the Internet within minutes of going live. Here are some of the best reactions on Twitter.

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  1. Hey, were you able to buy a backbone too?

  2. People are fooled: he’s low key polite, but really an authoritarian, blowhard.

  3. “Sometimes money allows you to see too many things, too quickly,” Brooks writes. “Sometimes if you seize all the opportunities your money affords, you may end up skimming over life and nothing is deep enough to leave a mark.”
    "They treated the crew as friends and equals and not as staff," he writes. "Nobody was trying to prove they were better informed or more sophisticated than anybody else. There were times, in fact, when I almost wished there had been a little more pretense and a little more intellectual and spiritual ambition."

    The fucking humanity of it all. Humble man, that Mr. Brooks.

  4. Avatar for mantan mantan says:

    skimming over life and nothing is deep enough to leave a mark.

    Or, a tip, I bet…

  5. Avatar for theod theod says:

    Pay attention to his NYT essays of the past year or so. The post-divorce, empty-nester Brooks is in a serious midlife crisis looking for meaning and, apparently, not finding it in conspicuous consumption. Big surprise. And his rightwing ideology (which values conspicuous consumption, of course) isn’t working anymore either. Those in charge of the rightwing are completely cuckoo, and his comparitively-rational crowd isn’t coming back into power for a good, long time. Plus, he is too tainted or proud to declare as an Independent or Democrat, and he saw what the Think Tanks, et alia, did to David Frum’s income potential. Brooks needs a new dog or mistress or both, plus some therapy to get him through this rough patch. Or maybe he becomes a monk of some sort.

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