I've been keeping an eye on Katherine Boo's new book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity. Boo is one of my favorite New Yorker writers. Her article about families in poverty in Louisiana was just fantastic. Her new book received rave reviews in this Sunday's New York Times, and I can't wait to read it.
Ygelsias refers to a column by Adam Davidson, "Don't Mock the Artisanal Pickle Makers." Davidson says that there is money to be made in the new economy by appealing to wealthy consumers who crave hand produced items. The artisanal pickle makers may be on the forefront of a new movement.
Ygelsias tries to reconcile these two worlds: garbage pickers in India and hipsters in Brooklyn hand making pickles. I'm not sure he succeeds.