The Hot New Rich

They may talk as they please about what they call pelf, And how one ought never to think of one's self, And how pleasures of thought surpass eating and drinking.

My pleasure of thought is the pleasure of thinking How pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho! How pleasant it is to have money.

—Arthur Hugh Clough, 1850

Most people dream that they will some day, somehow, strike it rich. They share a pleasurable and innocuous fantasy, akin to pubertal pinings or the hankering of grown men—and women—to sail around the...

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