2:52 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Jay Carney plugged his wife's book today at the White House press briefing:
In response to a question about whether raising the minimum wage is good politics -- because it helps Democrats with women voters -- Carney said, "It's certainly the right thing to do regardless. What the assessments that have been done related to the minimum wage is that women would be affected more than men, because women tend to have minimum wage jobs, as I understand it -- not an economist -- in greater numbers than men do."
He continued, bringing his wife's book into the discussion: "But here's the point, and I mentioned my wife's book on this, there is a macroeconomic benefit to making sure -- Womenomics available on Amazon, it came out in 2009. It might have been on the New York Yimes bestseller list. I'm only saying this because I happen to know because of that a little bit about this subject, that there are bottom line benefits to making sure that private sector and public sector make sure that the rules of the road if you will when it comes to our economy work for women because doing that is not just the right thing to do, it's economically beneficial. It helps the bottom line. It helps the country's bottom line and it helps private sector bottom line. So, again, I didn't mean to jump on you--but this is good for the economy. ... it's good for the economy, I promise you."
"Your wife's wonderful," a journalist said in response.
Carney's wife, ABC journalist Claire Shipman, published Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success in 2009.
As Zeke Miller notes, Shipman has a new book coming out next month:
Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook is delighted to commend to readers a new ebook from our contributing editor Joseph Bottum.
9:02 AM, Jul 1, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Kenneth Minogue, longtime professor of politics at the London School of Economics, died Friday, age 83. He was a leading conservative political thinker of our time—no, he was a leading political thinker, period, of our time, whose classic, The Liberal Mind, written a half century ago, remains must reading. Here's a taste of Minogue, courtesy of Steven Hayward at Powerline:
7:23 AM, Jun 28, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
As a “millennial” (i.e. one born between 1980 and 2000), I’ve grown used to reading descriptions of myself – written, always, by those much older than I – that I don’t recognize. It’s a bit like hearing my voice on tape – can that really be me?
A second look at Evan S. Connell's domestic masterpiece.Feb 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 23 • By WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD
The death of Evan S. Connell last month prompts reflection on an American original who, over a lifetime of steady work—many volumes of novels, stories, biography, essayistic speculations—left as his permanent contribution to letters one brilliant, memorable book: the novel Mrs. Bridge, published in 1959.
They’re people, too, and often based in Paris. Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By JUDY BACHRACH
I’m burning with envy. Here I’ve been plugging away of late in places like Oklahoma City and Scottsdale. Meanwhile, both Susan Mary Alsop and Kati Marton, heroines of two ostensibly different books, had a much better idea.
12:40 PM, May 8, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, releases his new book The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise today. As you may have guessed from the title, the book is sort of the inverse version of The Road to Serfdom. Given all that is going on politically, the time is certainly right for an influential and intelligent conservative to lay out an optimistic agenda, which is what Brooks has done here.
12:00 AM, Dec 22, 2011 • By FRED BARNES
The great novelist John Updike once said he’d gotten to know so many writers over his years in the literary world that it limited the books he agreed to review. He didn’t feel comfortable criticizing the books of friends or acquaintances. Updike said this, by the way, in a conversation with Nieman fellows at Harvard in 1978.
Will the leatherbound volume go the way of the eight-track tape?Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
One of the features of a life in journalism is the casual assumption, expressed by nonjournalists at cocktail parties, that journalists “know” things: have the inside dope, heard the real version, predict the future. I have always defended myself by saying that, apart from being acquainted with public officials and the occasional celebrity, journalists know little more than the average reader. And as for predictions, your guess is as good as mine.