… I’m a long-time fan of Pollitt but one thing that tends to annoy me about Pollitt is that her views are shaped by her upper middle class upbringing. She’s lived a bit of a sheltered life which is a primary reason why she didn’t learn to drive until she was 52. She learned to drive because she bought a house on the Connecticut shore. I learned to drive because public transportation in South Jersey is a joke and I needed to drive myself to a series of crappy low-paying jobs in third-hand junkers – one of those jobs was driving instructor.
Not to pick on Pollitt – inevitably the people who make a living as writers come from comfortable backgrounds. Because the decision-makers come from that class, and as with any career, it’s who you know.
But at least, as a liberal, Pollitt doesn’t let her own good fortune blind her to the harsh realities of the poor – one of the major differences between well-off liberals and well-off conservatives. …