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You’ve Heard of the “Royal We?”

[ 72 ] March 11, 2013 |

I give you the “wealthy asshole” we.

My favorite bit:

Modern life has become a three- and often four- or five-meal-a-day restaurant habit. There is the breakfast meeting. At one time, egg-white-only breakfast meetings were a behaviour limited to fat cats – but fat-cat rituals are what we all emulate. So now it’s unthinkable for the rest of us to begin a day without a breakfast meeting (the most important meeting of the day). We are all would-be entrepreneurs, or creative collaborators, or producers of you-name-it, trying to woo potential partners over porridge.

Leaving aside the familiar, if always irritating, conceit that “modern life” is lived only by a subset of rich Manhattanites, I doubt the premise even as it applies to said subset. Hell, even provincials are capable of securing restaurant reservations over the so-called “intar webs.” Next thing you know we’ll even get yoga studios, people with tattoos and bartenders that make cocktails!

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  1. actor212 says:

    $5 will get you $50 says this asshole wasn’t even born here. No self-respecting native New Yorker would be caught dead at an egg-white-only breakfast meeting unless his job depended on it.

    Fucking foreigners, and by that I mean anyone who crossed the Hudson and took good American executive jobs from native New Yorkers.

  2. J. Otto Pohl says:

    So far nobody has invited me to any breakfast meetings over koko and bread. Sometimes there are lunch meetings. But, so far no breakfast meetings. I haven’t seen any yoga studios either. Occasionally I see an obruni exchange student with more tattoos than a Hell’s Angel. But, they self-deport back to Obrunistan after a semester.

  3. Modern life has become a three- and often four- or five-meal-a-day restaurant habit.

    “Titans of industry” is all about girth.

  4. Malaclypse says:

    Insert obligatory “But $250K is barely middle-class in Manhattan” reference here.

  5. JustinV says:

    Delurking briefly to note that, as someone who goes to fancy restaurants in New York, the column does not strike me as the thinking of someone who is plugged into restaurant culture in New York as much as the muttering of a rich person who mistakes his status anxiety for taste.

    • penpen says:

      Agreed, this sounds squarely in the grumpy old man rant tradition of Mamet and Woodward.

    • Sly says:

      As I read it, I kept hearing Christian Bale’s voice asking me “Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?” over and over again.

    • UserGoogol says:

      I’m rather tolerant of the peculiarities of the 1%, but this does strike me as his own personal fixations than anything else.

    • ema says:

      He’s not so much a rich person, more like a rich person’s suckerfish. I remember his New York magazine columns and, regardless of the topic, he always came off as a buffoon.

      This criticism section on him is spot on.

  6. UberMitch says:

    No can do, got an 8:30 res at Dorsia. Great sea urchin ceviche.

  7. Major Kong says:

    people with tattoos

    Now that everybody has one (or more) my lack of tattoos makes me an edgy rebel.

    Take that hipsters! Now you’re the conformists!

    • DrDick says:

      Makes two of us.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        My tattoos were all done in invisible ink so that they will only be visible, very briefly, in the crematorium.

    • md rackham says:

      Rather like when the previous gen all had to grow goatees to assert their individualism.

    • Chester Allman says:

      I somehow never did get around to getting my tattoo (I was on the cusp of the goatee/tattoo generations, to use md rackham’s analysis). My unhip laziness finally paid off a couple years ago when I was taken to a fantastic onsen in Tokyo, as the capper to one of the most enjoyable days of my life. Had I ever bothered to get myself inked, I wouldn’t have been allowed in. Sometimes being square pays off.

  8. wengler says:

    Linking to Gawker is almost as grave an offense as the quote.

  9. Bill Murray says:

    shouldn’t this be the Royal Wa, not the Royal We

  10. MAJeff says:

    There’s this room called a “kitchen.” I rather enjoy my time there. Maybe if Mr. Wright were less self-important and invested in keeping “the help” “downstairs,” he could find some joy there as well.

    • Joel says:

      I’d bet nice money (for me, anyway) that this gawkster has a kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances.

      But not a scratch on either, because the kitchen is just a room to house the granite countertops and stainless appliances, not for actual food preparation.

  11. LeeEsq says:

    It isn’t historical unusual for a lot of urban dwellers to eat their meals out or do take in. Lack of cooking space has long been a feature in urban homes.

  12. Chesternut says:

    Loomis, why are you accusing him of being an “asshole”? Only because he’s very wealthy? The “we” this guy is says using ain’t a royal we but is referring to the community this guy belongs to, the “imagined community” he is living within.

    Now stop being such a bully.

  13. Anonymous says:

    “Modern life has become a…habit” is a strange formulation.

  14. wjts says:

    I don’t think it is possible to overstate the dominance of restaurants in urban life.

    Oh, it’s very possible to do so. For example, there was this one article in British GQ where this one dipshit went fucking on and on about restaurants and how securing the right lunch place is practically a full-time job and bore absolutely no resemblance to “urban life” as I’ve been leading for most of the last 18 years.

  15. Tybalt says:

    Scott “fat face” Lemieux, stop trying to be a bully à la Loomis

    You have reached new depths of clueless flailing and cognitive dissonance.

  16. Manta says:

    I start to think that the purpose of these kind of articles is to troll their readers…

  17. Anonymous says:

    His Twitter feed right now is a great companion to this post.

    https://twitter.com/MichaelWolffNYC

  18. What a bizarre article. It’s all about restaurants, but at no point does this fucking CLOWN mention the FOOD.

    Here’s a little tip, guy: If you’re enjoying restaurants for the same reason people enjoy expensive cars or jewels–as a status symbol or cultural marker– UR DOIN’ IT RONG.

  19. cpinva says:

    i’m torn. at points, i thought, “this is a parody, and a pretty damn good one at that.” then, i would read further, and think, “no, this twit is for real.” upon finishing, i’m convinced it was for real, but it should have been parody.

  20. Rich assholes are self-centered everywhere, but when you put rich assholes in a city that residents call “the City,” and expect everyone else to know what that means, it takes things to a whole other level.

  21. KWillow says:

    Remember “sniglets”, words made up just to describe some particular person or thing (Strumble: the invisible item One and glares at after stumbling over One’s own feet”). I’m trying to think of a sniglet for faux-intellectual conservatards… fox-conservatives isn’t clever enough.

    Hey, I’m creative! An entrepreneur! Never a collaborator. And you would never see me at a breakfast (or lunch) meeting. I like to sleep to 10am at least.

  22. Jeremy says:

    I’ve gotten as far as:

    And lunch. If you have an assistant, his or her full-time job pretty much becomes getting you a daily booking. If your assistant is any good at all, he or she will have narrowed lunch to four or five places and have, by careful trial and error, measured how far in advance it’s necessary to call in order to avoid rejection and disaster.

    And, knowing that he’s discussing a city with a million residents with a family income under $10,000 a year, I don’t think I can go on. Seriously, does he ever passingly suggest that he’s aware of the fact that the life he describes of “an adult in the city” is the life of a relatively small number of the country’s richest people? I mean, he seems aware that assistants whose jobs consist of procuring lunch reservations exist, but does he recognize them as fellow humans?

    • actor212 says:

      No.

      This has been another episode of SASQ

    • Cody says:

      You mean everyone doesn’t bring their lunch!?

      Jesus. How do you afford to eat out in Manhattan every day. I would lose money by going to work. And I’m in the upper-middle-middle-class.

      • actor212 says:

        Expense accounts, mostly.

        I miss mine. As you point out, it’s not cheap to eat out in the city, not even if you go buy a sandwich and a soda. That’s ten bucks right there.

  23. Alex says:

    When I used to semiregularly have a breakfast meeting at Claridges*, I used to hate it because it reliably involved “getting up early” but not “eating any breakfast”, as opposed to “working, while watching rich guy eating breakfast”.

    *yes, I agree, humblebrag

  24. Chester Allman says:

    There is a special sort of freeze for the restaurant malcontent. Your companions don’t want to hear it and, invariably, even though paying huge sums to endure countless abuses, will take up class arms to defend the wait staff and floor managers who are doling out the abuse.

    It’s already been said above, but Christ, what an asshole.

  25. MAJeff says:

    With the crackers applying it here, “bullying” has lost all meaning.

  26. I’m bullying RIGHT NOW. What are you wearing?

  27. rea says:

    LGM–it’s a bully pulpit.

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