Sometimes there is a definite vibe to the stories capturing reader attention (and saves) at Pocket. In late May 2023, that vibe has been straight out of the Gilded Age. American inequality—from the excess of McMansions to desperation on the streets of San Francisco—has been top of mind for many of us, and it’s showing up in our reading habits. Here we’ve rounded five top-saved stories that make two things clear: That economic disparity continues to widen the gap between rich and poor Americans and that, even still, so many Pocket readers are staying on the same page in their explorations.
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In an era of surging home and stock values, U.S. family wealth has soared. The trillions of dollars going to heirs will largely reinforce inequality.
Increasing interest rates, inflation, and supply chain disruptions notwithstanding, the McMansion is alive and well. Far from being a boomtime fad, it has become a durable emblem of our American way of life.