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Thursday News: David Gilmour, professor of being racist and sexist

Thursday News: David Gilmour, professor of being racist and sexist

I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women.

There are men eating menstrual pads, and by the time my students get to that they’re ready. Roth has the best understanding of middle-aged sexuality I’ve ever come across.

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I teach only the best. What happens with great literature is that the shadows on the pages move around.

But he is not racist or sexist or homophobic he says in an apology prompted by his publisher HarperCollins:

Q: Have you spoken to anyone from HarperCollins?

A: I talked to Patrick Crean. He was concerned that this was going to affect the general climate around the book, that some women might not like the book if they think that that’s my policy. And that’s one of the reasons that I’m apologizing. Normally I actually wouldn’t.

Kindle fire tablets

From a hardware standpoint, the screen is 1920 x 1200 at 323 ppi which is the same resolution as   the Nexus 7.  You can buy the device in 16/32/64 GB.  It has WIFI, optional 4G LTE service. The device is also the lightest on the market and reviews say very thin.

But the software is really where it shines. They’ve added a Mayday button. For free you can connect to an Amazon “expert” 24×7, 365 days a year.  It sounds like it is Siri but a real live person. Privacy experts might not like that the Amazon tech person can actually take over your device, but for adult kids who want to buy their parents a tablet? This is like a godsend. No, ma, I don’t understand why you can’t send a message to Aunt Peg on her iPad. Just MAYDAY it.

The other two big software features include allowing you to download Amazon Prime movies for offline viewing; watch your movies that are on your Kindle Fire on a television and use your Kindle Fire in tablet mode; and yes, Cloud Collections which will allow you to organize both your books and your apps into folders that sync across your “kindle devices and reading apps.”   Amazon

Wednesday News: Goodreads thoughts by GigaOM; 8 punctuation marks no longer used; Horrible marital book on sale; and Kelly Clarkson loses her Jane Austen ring

Wednesday News: Goodreads thoughts by GigaOM; 8 punctuation marks no longer...

Men, I know you think your woman isn’t the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated. Women don’t realize how easy men are. Just give us what we want.

This is the gif that was in the comments and it perfectly described my reaction to reading all the excerpts. Jezebel

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On hearing the museum had been successful in raising funds to purchase the ring, Ms Clarkson said: “The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen’s House Museum.”

So I’m guessing that it was JK Rowling behind the gift. (I know nothing; I just like to think it is) BBC News