Five new books on how COVID-19 is reshaping the world – from the personal to the political

In [Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class, a] penetrating, provocative and often quite funny polemic, Catherine Liu, professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine, meditates on the rise of a hypereducated, virtue-signalling middle class, which, she argues, focuses its morality on language, taste, consumption habits and performative politics – at the exclusion of material concerns and, ultimately, actual societal change. An anti-Twitter warrior essay to end all anti-Twitter warrior essays.