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

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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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