The Cup Runneth Over

For the compulsive career climber, Jamie Johnson reflects on “Why Do Rich People Always go to the Same Parties,” for Vanity Fair, profiling the holiday party scene for the Park Avenue set, from an insider’s perspective.

When the rich get together for celebrations, strategies to reinforce status and distinction are also taken into consideration. In Lewis Lapham’s semi-satirical guidebook for careerists, Lapham’s Rules of Influence, readers are advised to “seek out the acquaintance of people richer and more important than yourself, and never take an interest in people who cannot do you any favors.” Lapham writes these lines with the knowledge that such are the customs of high society, and that anyone hoping to join the ranks of established power would do well to behave accordingly.

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~ by eaesthete on 12/09/08.

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