Black Maid Sues Over Best-Selling Novel The Help

The 2009 best-selling book The Help — written by Kathryn Stockett — is set in the 1960s and focuses on the relationships between three people: a young white woman, Skeeter, who aspires to be a writer, and two black maids, Aibileen and Minny. According to ABC News, the fictional character Aibileen Clark speaks in… » 2/22/11 4:42pm 2/22/11 4:42pm

Someone Tell Nietzsche: Luxury Is (Also) Dead

"Luxury"? A fallacy. At least that's what Dana Thomas concludes in her new, widely-publicized book Deluxe, reviewed by Michiko Kakutani in today's New York Times. And apparently Prada is to blame! Those nylon backpacks spotted everywhere in the 90's? They were at so low a price point ($450) that tons people bought… » 8/21/07 11:00am 8/21/07 11:00am