So I went to buy a used copy of it, and read up on it, and read reviews, and yes, I am really at a loss why you would take something that was obviously intended to be a satirical, humorous work so seriously...it obviously has some truth in it, but it's apparently not a serious sociological study in the slightest.
I am not disagreeing with you because I am mad at *you*...if that were the case, I'd just bomb your PM inbox.
I am actually irritated at your inability (or refusal) to defend these ideas with your own thoughts. I'm also completely mystified why anyone would hold up a shallow, sarcastic work of humor as a great in-depth study of class in the United States.
Also, I'd probably be class X anyway...I'm a writer, a retreatist, and I drink dark beer, unlike all of the other high level proles. I just didn't happen to go to a major name university, since I never thought that mattered at any point in my life.
And on that note being class X seems to be a product of retreating from the upper-middle class, not retreating from all classes.