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Jonathan Kay responds to Gawker’s taunts over his Toronto Life feature “Almost Rich”

Jonathan Kay responds to Gawker’s taunts over his Toronto Life feature “Almost Rich”

When you argue that a household income of $196,000 is “positively middle class,” as Jonathan Kay did in an essay from Toronto Life’s February edition, you expect a little backlash. After the story went live on the Interwebs on Wednesday, first Twitter users and commenters offered their (often choice) thoughts on Kay’s piece, then Torontoist and BlogTO both pounced, before Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan posted a characteristically witty screed that summed up Kay’s argument as “Money: once you spend it all, you don’t feel rich any more.” Kay responds in kind in the National Post, maintaining that his essay is more a look at a growing debt phenomenon among the upper classes than an apology for whiny rich people. That said, Kay admits he understands—and even kind of enjoys—the criticism: “If I didn’t know that the ‘Jonathan Kay’ [Nolan] savages is actually me, I’d have joined the ranks of the Tweeters and Gawker commenters echoing his bon mots.” Read the entire story [National Post] »

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