The Steal – Wanting What Others Have

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Charles Caleb Colton

But how do you distinguish between covetness and flattery?  When does someone wanting to be like you turn the corner into obsession?  David Coleman in his review of Rachel Shteir’s new book, The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, offers some insight not only into why others try to get what you have, but why they want it at all.

Although shoplifting is the theme of the book, Coleman’s interview with the author offers some perspective on her underlying motivation to write about “…{having} been wronged or deprived in life…”

“…I always covet everything…I want to be reimagined, reborn, re-something…”

Are you the one who covets?  Or are you the one who is being annoyingly flattered?  Might be worth reading the book.

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