Oscar Likes the Older Women
Bloomberg View, February 28, 2014So much for the theory that Hollywood has no place for women who’ve outgrown ingenue roles: At 39, Amy Adams is the youngest of this year’s Academy Award nominees for best actress. It’s the oldest slate in history, with an average age of 55 and a median of 49.
Obama Fails Art History and Economics
Bloomberg View, January 31, 2014President Obama had a perfectly fine message for young people when he spoke at a General Electric plant in Wisconsin yesterday: Learning a skilled trade can be just as lucrative and worthy of respect as getting a college diploma. Unfortunately, that’s not what he said. Instead, he took a cheap shot at the favorite punching bag of people who deride higher education in general and the liberal arts in particular. He attacked art history.
Is There a Right Way to Have Cancer?
Bloomberg View, January 13, 2014Cancer is one of those subjects like diet or child-rearing where everyone seems to have a strong opinion about the right way to do things.
Two Cheers for "First World Problems"
Bloomberg View, January 02, 2014When United Parcel Service and FedEx missed last-minute Christmas deliveries, gift givers who’d relied on rush service were upset. But instead of public sympathy, their outrage and disappointment elicited ridicule and lectures.Commenters called the procrastinating shoppers foolish and self-indulgent. The incident, many declared, was a “first world problem.”
How a "Car Gal" Took the Wheel at GM
Bloomberg View, December 10, 2013With its appointment of Mary Barra to succeed Daniel Akerson as chief executive officer, General Motors Co. brings to a half dozen the number of major U.S. corporations headed by women. Barra, who started at the company in 1980 while a student at the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), represents both continuity and change. Thirty years ago, few would have imagined that a woman would so quickly rise to head such a historically macho company, but several important factors worked in Barra’s favor.
Who Needs a Raise When You Have TV?
(Quite possibly the most ridiculous but traffic-inducing headline ever written)
Bloomberg View, December 02, 2013Are you better off now than you were 10 years ago? For middle-class Americans, a common answer to this version of Ronald Reagan’s old question is no. Nor are they optimistic about the future. The recession may be over officially, but a lot of smart people are convinced that broad-based improvements in the standard of living are largely a thing of the past.Before you embrace the idea that today is worse than yesterday and tomorrow won’t be much better, however, consider a common experience:
Democrats Should End Quest for Kennedy's Camelot
Bloomberg View, November 19, 2013This Camelot was pure glamour: a frozen moment, its flaws and conflicts obscured.
The Heart and Soul of Glamour
Forget the Kardashians: Glamour is more persistent, pervasive, and powerful than we realize.
The Daily Beast, November 09, 2013
When IHOP Was Glamorous
Fifty years ago, all anyone wanted was to be “international.” (Excerpt from THE POWER OF GLAMOUR)
Slate, November 06, 2013
Before Beyoncé: 7 of History’s Most Glamorous Women
Bookish, November 05, 2013What does it mean to be modern? What is a modern woman? In the early 20th century, these were pressing cultural questions. Intellectuals and activists answered in countless theoretical manifestos, but for most people the idea of modernity came from clues in media and popular culture. In ads and movies, World’s Fairs and department store displays, modernity seemed like a better, more exciting state of being. It was glamorous. For women in particular, the glamour of modernity was embodied in famous women whose public personas, each glamorous in a different way, represented a new and alluring kind of life. Here are seven famous female figures from history who exemplified the “modern woman.”