Joanne Lipman, the editor of Portfolio, went on CNBC this morning to discuss that story about how women have altogether stopped making progress on the "gender parity" front in corporate America and I was keen to watch since I knew that she used to actually work with two of the anchors, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla, at the Wall Street Journal. My thoughts: Shit, Joanne looks good. Almost as good as Becky. Has she had work done? Probs. What time do you think she had to get up to look that good? Oh look, now Carl is talking, about how some problems (ahem) are "more challenging" than sexism. (How much time did you spend getting ready this morning, Carl?) And Joe Kernen, the jokey shlub in the corner who is usually my total fave: why does it not surprise me that you have nothing to say about this, Joe?
Why the Hell Did Someone Hire a White Guy to Read an Essay That Begins 'I'm a Southern Black Woman'?
@whynotshesaid: Did he maybe go by Carl in "real life" and change it to "Carlos" to try to be all ethnicy and different from the crowd? That sounds just as plausible. If not: assimilation is sad.
A great story of assimilation going sour: my great-grandparents came to America from Italy shortly before my grandfather was born. All the men in the family were named "Adolpho." My great-grandparents decided that my grandfather's name wouldn't be the object of ridicule: he would be AMERICAN with an AMERICAN name. And so, in 1938, my grandfather was given the name "Adolph".