Helen Gurley Brown, 1922-2012

The magical Helen Gurley Brown, that hilarious mercenary, has, according to Hearst, passed away. “In everything that Brown has written or edited, she has promoted the message that sex is great, and that one should get as much of it as possible. (Ditto for money.) Just about everyone knows this, and has always known it, but in Brown’s youth few women would admit it, even to themselves,” wrote Judith Thurman in the New Yorker a few years ago.