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The op-ed page of The New York Times can be a lonely place for a conservative. David Brooks is one of the few to infiltrate the Gray Lady’s liberal ranks, a moderate Republican who occasionally breaks from type by thoughtfully criticizing the likes of Sarah Palin and even (gasp!) praising our current president. When not writing about politics or rubbing elbows with David Gregory on Meet the Press, Brooks indulges his second love: social science research. His best-known treatise, 2001’s Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, reads like a Beltway Jeff Foxworthy routine; a line like “You might be a northeastern liberal if you like soy milk!” wouldn’t be out of place. His latest offering, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, focuses on what he calls the “Composure Class.” If it’s anything like his recent article for The New Yorker, those incorrigible Bobo elites are still as hopelessly out of touch as they were 10 years ago.
Brooks speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919.