Do people get confused by Harper's Magazine and Harper's Bazaar? After all, the luxury goods industry is not so different from Halliburton — shameless, ubiquitous, and really talented at charging more for less. Once again, we're taking things to their (ill)logical end with our own "Harper's (Bazaar) Index", inspired by Harper's famous feature, which parses the world of big oil, big money, and Big Pharma and puts it into easily-digested numerical form. After the jump, Intern Cheryl helps me tally up the total retail "worth" of the January 2008 issue of Bazaar (hint: it's a little more than half of what 50% of NYU students would take as payment to permanently forfeit their vote), and we riff on the diets of the rich vs. the poor, newly-pregnant Lily Allen, and the dearth of female fashion designers.
(Images created by Cheryl Campbell; Click on image to enlarge)