Your Life in Middlemarch: A Live Conversation with Rebecca Mead

Growing up as a bookish, ambitious young woman in England, Rebecca Mead found Middlemarch life-changing: the vitality of its characters, the wisdom of its prose, and the evocation of a "provincial life" that echoed one she knew. She also made a lifelong friend in the remarkable George Eliot, a woman who triumphed in… » 2/12/14 1:17pm 2/12/14 1:17pm

Colossal Weddings Totally Down With Feminist Principles, Totally Wrong…

Rebecca Mead is a New Yorker writer who has been making the rounds shilling her new book, One Perfect Day on the "marriage industrial complex" (everything sounds better with "industrial complex" tacked onto it, doesn't it? Sorta makes you pine for the days when American politicians were allowed to critique the… » 5/21/07 6:08pm 5/21/07 6:08pm

NY Times Book Reviewer Loves The Big Tacky Weddings!

The most surprising aspect of Sunday's NY Times Book Review wasn't the big thumbs up Michael Kinsley gave to Christopher Hitchens' latest assault on organized religion, but Times reporter Jodi Kantor's review of One Perfect Day: The Selling Of The American Wedding, Rebecca Mead's new book on nuptial excess. Kantor all… » 5/14/07 3:04pm 5/14/07 3:04pm

The Economics Of Weddings Continue To Blow Our Minds

Anyone who's read Das Kapital — or for that matter, Lucky magazine — knows that a market economy cannot flourish without the creation of new wants for things like platform sandals and penis-shaped bachelorette party balloons. This, of course, is the same economic reasoning behind the the modern American wedding biz,… » 5/09/07 7:36pm 5/09/07 7:36pm