The Forward: Barbie’s Ongoing Adventures in Sponsorship

February 13, 2014 “The reality is, we just didn’t sell enough Barbie Dolls.” — Bryan G. Stockton, chief executive of Mattel, shortly before the Barbie brand joined forces with Sports Illustrated’s anniversary swimsuit issue. Mattel paid for the “opportunity” to appear in the issue according to The New York Times and has used #unapologetic to […]

The Hairpin: Expansion of French Women Don’t Series

INTERNAL PUBLISHING MEMO In light of the success of French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure and its follow-up French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude, the series will be expanded in 2015 with the following titles: Older Danish Women Don’t Mind Looking Leathery: The Secret to Having 5 […]

Purple Clover: The Ballad of John and Yoko

In Jane Austen’s day, the universally acknowledged truth was that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Today, the truth goes something like this: A single man in possession of rock star status will date and marry a supermodel, an actress or a woman who looks […]

Purple Clover: Comedy isn’t just funny

In 2002, I covered the Aqsa Intifada for the New York Daily News. The Israeli-Palestinian “Peace Process” was in ruins, and it was a bleak and heartbreaking story. Already saddled with the lugubrious genes of a bitter, negative Polish-Jewish grandmother, the despair and the bloodshed worked on me until I fell into a familiar pattern […]

Purple Clover: Modern Dance

On July 4, 2000, Lou Reed played a concert at the Cinerama in Tel Aviv. I was living in Jerusalem and there was no doubt that I’d go. Lou Reed brought me back to the time when I defined myself by music. As a teenager I liked alternative music, therefore I was alternative. I didn’t […]