Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Domestic Help of the 0.01%

Employer and employee are doing quite well, thank you.

The Rise (and Rise and Rise) of the 0.01 Percent in America. (The Atlantic, 2/13/2014)

The New Domestics.  (The New York Times, 2/12/2014)

Things they don't teach you in library schoolWealth has always insulated, but the copious amounts of money now being amassed by the richest of the rich, and the responsibilities that come along with managing and dispersing all that money — the investments, foundations and philanthropies, the multiple, massive properties and their upkeep — require ever more oversight from human capital with skills beyond what you would accrue in old-fashioned butler school. Those are needed, too, though. (Brenda, the estate manager in New York, ticked off a few of the still-prized domestic arts:
  • staff management,
  • first aid,
  • butlering,
  • nannying,
  • care of fine art and antiques,
  • table manners,
  • etiquette,
  • floral design,
  • wine service and
  • chauffeuring.)

OK, so staff management and care of rare books, sorta like antiques, can be put on the library list.

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