Benham strikes the right tone in this piece—friendly and a touch ironic. The piece is punctuated by creative passages and playful quips. But there’s substance here, too: The playfulness is supported by the concrete details of her reporting. We like, too, that Benham leaves room in her writing for a range of reader reactions, from empathy, to envy, to dismay.

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