With all the talk of raising both the state and federal minimum wages, supporters and opponents ought to pause for a bit and reflect on one reality:For all the rhetoric, it's still not clear in economic terms what the overall effect of a minimum wage increase will be, particularly on the American labor market. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising it from $7.55 to $9 and indexing the minimum wage to inflation. Gov.
For novelist and essayist Jamaica Kincaid, writing is not so much a passion - or a living - as a life force. "I have this view of writing as something I'd die for," Kincaid, an African and African American studies professor in residence, said during a panel Tuesday helping to kick off the three-day Harvard LitFest.