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.”
Making Gadgets Wireless Only Conceals Our Dependence on Them
The glamour of wirelessness (excerpt from THE POWER OF GLAMOUR)
Wired, November 05, 2013
Obamacare’s Virtual Fantasy Couldn’t Handle Messy Reality
Bloomberg View, October 24, 2013The HealthCare.gov website is a disaster -- symbolic to Obamacare opponents, disheartening to supporters, and incredibly frustrating to people who just need to buy insurance. Some computer experts are saying the only way to save the system is to scrap the current bloated code and start over.Looking back, it seems crazy that neither the Barack Obama administration nor the public was prepared for the startup difficulties. There’s no shortage of database experts willing to opine on the complexities of the problem. Plenty of companies have nightmarish stories to tell about much simpler software projects. And reporting by the New York Times finds that the people involved with the system knew months ago that it was in serious trouble. “We foresee a train wreck,” one said back in February.So why didn’t the administration realize that integrating a bunch of incompatible government databases into a seamless system with an interface just about anyone could understand was a really, really hard problem? Why was even the president seemingly taken by surprise when the system didn’t work like it might in the movies?We have become seduced by computer glamour.
Worried About Cancer? Get Married
Bloomberg View, September 29, 2013When I mentioned my bout with breast cancer to a new acquaintance, his first question was, “Are you married?”It was an unusual reaction -- a more common query is whether I have kids. Later he told me that his daughter-in-law had been diagnosed with breast cancer while still in graduate school and that she and his son had moved in with him. He understood better than most people that being married makes it easier to cope with cancer.
The Real Reason Wal-Mart Hired All Those People
Bloomberg View, September 25, 2013Preparing for the holiday season, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has announced plans to increase store staffing levels by moving 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status and another 35,000 temporary workers to part-time. The retailer says these workers will retain their new positions after the new year. (It will also add 55,000 seasonal employees.)
The Kickstarter Culture Wars
Plans to grow genetically modified plants ignited a firestorm at Kickstarter. They shouldn't have.
TIME, August 26, 2013
What If What You ’Survived’ Wasn’t Cancer?
Bloomberg View, August 18, 2013You’re feeling fine when you go for your annual physical. But your mammogram looks a little funny, or your PSA test is a little high, or you get a CT lung scan and a nodule shows up. You get a biopsy, and the doctor delivers the bad news: You have cancer. Because you don’t want to die, you agree to be sliced up and irradiated. Then, fortunately, you’re pronounced a “cancer survivor.” You’re glad they caught it early.But maybe you went through all that pain for nothing.