Jennifer Scanlon and the paperback version of "Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown."
Helen Gurley Brown, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died Monday in New York City at the age of 90 amid the 50th anniversary year of her international bestseller Sex and the Single Girl. Decades after Brown wrote the book about making the most of single life, Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies, wrote the book on Brown.
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, 2009. Penguin, paperback edition, 2010), traces the life of the maverick diva of New York publishing, from her humble, working-class beginnings to her ascent to the pantheon of 20th century women.
In demand for her breadth and depth of knowledge on all things Brown, Scanlon did a dozen interviews in as many hours, with media outlets ranging from the BBC to People magazine, and the Financial Times to Women’s Wear Daily. Scanlon kindly also took time to share some thoughts about Helen Gurley Brown with the Bowdoin Daily Sun.
Last summer, Ariye Krassner ’14 had a Preston Fellowship to intern at Preble Street in Portland, working with the city’s homeless population. This summer, she’s again working with some of society’s most vulnerable: people with mental illness, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.
With cyber crime on the rise in both frequency and severity, Bloomberg Businessweek assembled what it calls “an all-star cast of security experts” that included Alan Paller P’01, director of research at cyber training school SANS Institute, to talk about what they think should be done to curb the threat.
Lego is celebrating its 80th birthday with an animated video that tells the story of how Danish toymaker Ole Kirk Christiansen created the company in 1932 with his son Godfried. It recounts the transition from wood to plastic and the evolution of those colorful plastic bricks, which many parents can tell you double as tiny land mines, waiting to deploy sharp pains to unsuspecting bare feet as they dare venture out in the dark for a late night drink of water. Even the most die-hard Lego aficionados may learn something new, including that though Lego means “I put together” in Latin, it actually is derived from the Danish “leg godt,” which means “play well.”