Although there was an apologetic tone to the article that indicates some tension within More's staff regarding it, I have to say that I found the decision to cover "the $65 million mom" a very poor one.
The Kardashians represent virtually everything that is wrong with the US today. They are not entrepreneurs, they are money and publicity whores. Their lifestyle is devoid of values (other than seeking money and fame and hedonism), and the idea of working and thinking hard to do something requiring use of one's intellect is clearly out of their league.
Although I admit I glanced over rather than read the article, I had to laugh at the part where it says that Mrs. Kardashian didn't seek support from her ex, Mr. Kardashian, suggesting that she placed her family above the fray. Anyone who’s been around for a while knows that the only reason a person who values money this much would avoid seeking alimony is called dirt -- apparently Mrs. Kardashian has dirty laundry that she didn't want Mr. Kardashian to expose, so she agreed to not get any alimony. Yes, Mother Teresa sparing her family. I think not.
I am a capitalist and know that this economy needs risk taking, hard work, and other "old fashioned" values to get back on track. I am a Northeast liberal, not a Tea Party ideologist (though that is largely a contradiction in terms). But there has to be some limit on what is considered worth writing about, and More exercised questionable judgment on this one. The woman sold her family due to her own inability to earn funding for the life she feels is her entitlement, and they, being raised by her, of course went along with it. The acorns don't fall far from the trees on this one. As for the new hubby, she apparently needed to bail him out as well due to his lack of self-control with money, having earned a fortune but being worth less than nothing when they married. I guess Mrs. Kardashian isn't merely a hard-working entrepreneur, she's also a philanthropist. I think not.
I strongly suggest that better judgment be used in selecting people to profile. If I wanted to read about trash, I'd buy the celebrity rag magazines. It's stuff like this that has Americans looking for the quick fix to becoming rich and famous through a reality show, rather than focusing on having a comfortable life based on hard work and real accomplishment.
Marguerite Schneider, Hoboken, NJ
Just read your Never Say Diet article... I am in my late 50's (ugh that sounds foreign) and have been struggling with that dreaded 5 lbs. Heavy people sneer at a need to lose 5 lbs, but they are the hardest, as you seem to know.
I heard whispers about Carole Middleton (mother of Princess Kate) being on this radical diet called Dukan to lose weight for her daughter’s wedding. Shortly thereafter, a friend of mine said she was doing the Dukan diet and was having great success. I read the book and decided to give it a whirl. She wanted to lose 25 lbs, and she followed it to the letter. Me, I did the first three days as instructed and then my martini drinking husband got the best of me. I gave in to the martini, but otherwise followed it to the letter. I lost 8 lbs and have kept if off for several months now. I was on a week-long trip, eating in restaurants and still didn't gain weight. If I put on 1/2 lb. I have a pure protein day and it's gone (and I still get to enjoy a martini or a glass or two of wine). Just thought I'd share another means to the end of the dreaded muffin top.
Once again, I am not disappointed in the "substance" part of your latest issue of "More". Deborah Kogan's writing is so moving and heartfelt; I could feel her pain, although I have never undertaken anything of the sort she has. I praise her for speaking out and you for printing her story.
Thank you for printing such thought-provoking substance.
Sara Stamey, Hillsboro, Oregon
I just finished reading "War Photographer's Turning Point" which I enjoyed.
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First Published June 30, 2011