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Don’t Try This at Home

“New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation’s job markets…A [labor] department official said there were no exceptional factors to account for the rise in last week’s claims.” —Stubborn Jobless Claims Still Keep OnContinue Reading “Don’t Try This at Home”

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Baking Cookies: The Ruth Wakefield Antidote

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies…”                                                                         —Hillary Clinton, March 26, 1992 * I haven’t been this depressed since grad school, when reading Virginia Woolf everyday for months sent me into a tailspin. Don would arrive home from work, spot my yellow highlighter pen and copy of Mrs. Dalloway on theContinue Reading “Baking Cookies: The Ruth Wakefield Antidote”

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Dear Julia and Tom: Let’s Give Your “Favorite Things” an All American Makeover, Shall We?

Dear Ms. Roberts and Mr. Hanks, May I call you Julia and Tom? Hope so. Congratulations on your soon-to-be released film, Larry Crowne.  The premise–the title character Tom plays has lost his job–is one over 14 million Americans would likely relate to could they afford the price of a ticket. Which brings me to myContinue Reading “Dear Julia and Tom: Let’s Give Your “Favorite Things” an All American Makeover, Shall We?”

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Deconstructing Julia Roberts’ and Tom Hanks’ Favorite Things

On May 6, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote their upcoming movie, Larry Crowne. During the show’s second half, Ms. Roberts and Mr. Hanks gave away their “favorite things.” Oprah’s “elves” (as Hanks put it) arrived with Julia’s favorite things first, wrapped in big boxes with pretty bowsContinue Reading “Deconstructing Julia Roberts’ and Tom Hanks’ Favorite Things”

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Mary-Kate and Ashley to the Rescue

“We really want The Row to be an American luxury brand. We believe in not just American by representation but American by make.” –Ashley Olsen to Newsweek, April 24, 2011 Last Wednesday President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama flew to Chicago for an appearance on Oprah. The segment, which features an interview betweenContinue Reading “Mary-Kate and Ashley to the Rescue”