Much of this book is beautiful. I share Hitz’s conviction that academics must shorten the distance between what we research and the interests and concerns of the working world. I very much enjoyed the extracts from Jonathan Rose’s work on impoverished lives transformed by study from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. I have even downloaded the St John’s College Great Books curriculum reading list. But Hitz’s paean to poverty and her condemnation of the comforts of YouTube are unfortunately timed. In a while, we may feel differently about her book.