This past Saturday I scrolled through the available titles at the Red Box nearest my house and was thrilled to discover that they had in stock The September Issue, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the production of the September 2008 issue of Vogue magazine (the September issue being the most important issue in any given year).
I don’t read Vogue — my fashion tastes aren’t that haute. But I have certainly heard of Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, often described as the most powerful woman in the $300 billion fashion industry. Moreover, I can easily identify her — with her trademark bob and her shades — in a line-up.
Ms. Wintour is well aware of her power and unhesitant about using it. I find her slightly scary and downright fascinating — so of course I relished The September Issue, filled with scene after scene of La Wintour being La Wintour.
Historical Author Meredith Duran tells readers "Don’t Call Me Mary Sue: The Nice Girl Makes a Comeback" as she discusses her "nicest" heroine yet - and the word's hidden history.
Tip for time-travelers: if you ever skip back more than two hundred years, don’t tell anyone how nice they are—unless you’re prepared for a fight.
That’s right: “nice” used to be an insult. According to the trusty Oxford English Dictionary, until the early 17th century, “nice” meant, among other things,