Attempting to understand the political right while writing a book, emeritus professor of sociology Arlie Russell Hochschild first reads Atlas Shrugged and then travels to the south where she discovers Louisiana is paradise:
“I was definitely not in Berkeley, California. . . . No New York Times at the newsstand, almost no organic produce in grocery stores or farmers’ markets, no foreign films in movie houses, few small cars, fewer petite sizes in clothing stores, fewer pedestrians speaking foreign languages into cell phones — indeed, fewer pedestrians. There were fewer yellow Labradors and more pit bulls and bulldogs. Forget bicycle lanes, color-coded recycling bins, or solar panels on roofs. In some cafes, virtually everything on the menu was fried.”
The professor’s book, STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN LAND: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, is savaged in a review by Carlos Lozada at The Washington Post of all places.