Ted Rall for May 21, 2007
Girl: I even froze my Merrill account. If I couldn't afford it on my lame Wal-Mart salary, I didn't buy it. Man: Whoa - who could live like that?! It says here you ate medical waste from an ex-Soviet Republic until you got yourself a "big, fat tumor". Hard core! Woman: Anything for #1 best seller! Find good health care was hard! Reader: How would insular elites deal with being me? Now I know! Woman: I'll give up the heli-shuttle to the Hamptons for a whole summer - fighting Friday night traffic with nothing but my wits, and the surround-sound system in my Benz SUV! Barbara Epinsolver's last book recounted her fascinating undercover look at the world of underpaid workers. Now she's back with a behind-the-scenes look at uninsured people who become ill. Welcome to reality lit: books by wealthy authors who chronicle their temporary experiences slumming as regular folks. Barbara's next project is "Stuck: How Joe Sixpack Gets Stiffed By An Uncaring Government's Congested Highways."