Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is one of the most celebrated novels in the English language, but time may have diluted its impact for modern audiences. Author Curtis Sittenfeld set out to update the classic work to 21st century Cincinnati in her new book “Eligible,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the universal themes of the story and her admiration for the original.
French economist Thomas Piketty has made a splash with his prediction that inequality will grow in America. But the economic relationship that explains that inequality is hardly new; it’s the same phenomenon that allowed Pemberley Mansion to enrich Mr. Darcy and Downton Abbey to sustain the Granthams. Continue reading