Anonymous Wrecks

There is something aesthetically pleasing in the way Solotaroff uses the tidy Tupperware of taut journalism to serve up people grappling with the messy glop of their lives as issues of a story. It is to his credit that I couldn't tell whether he was showing me that every treatment situation is fascinating or if I was just caught up in my nosiness and his seamless editing. In the end, the reader winds up in the same voyeuristic position as the withholding Wall Street guy. It's an engrossing read: we reap some gain by watching these people grapple with their problems. And we don't have to grovel in the pain of exposing our own.

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