After latest shooting, murder manual author calls for book to be taken ‘immediately’ out of print – After more than 40 years in print, William Powell’s The Anarchist Cookbook is the subject of a battle between its author, who wants the book pulled from print, and its publisher, who believes that the book should remain on the shelves. Powell’s assertion comes just a week after the latest high school shooting in Colorado, where a copy of the book was found among the “arsenal” of the teenage shooter. A very interesting First Amendment issue.
“Powell, meanwhile, has apologized for the destructive cultural force that bears his name, and posted an eight-paragraph warning to would-be buyers on the book’s Amazon page. But Powell has no say: the rights belong to the publisher and always have — and the publisher has never wavered in his commitment to selling.”NBC News
Stieg Larsson is gone but ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ returns – I don’t know what surprises me more: the fact that another author has been recruited to continue this series, or the fact that Larsson has been gone almost 10 years now. I don’t know anything about Swedish author David Lagercrantz, but it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the wake of the ongoing battle between Larsson’s father and long-time partner over Larsson’s literary legacy (and future works).
“The announcement comes after a long debate over Larsson’s estate. He and his partner, Eva Gabrielsson, were together for more than 30 years. When he died of a heart attack in 2004, he had no official will — and under Swedish law, his entire estate went to his brother and father. Gabrielsson was entitled to nothing.”Los Angeles Times
Federal government has spent nearly $1 million on romance – The $914,000 NEH grant to the Popular Romance Project has been targeted by Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and his annual “Wastebook,” which designates almost 100 programs deemed wasteful, especially in the wake of the US’s $17 trillion debt.
“The Romance Project is just one of nearly 100 programs targeted by Coburn’s report, which also includes a documentary on superheroes, promotion of a Green Ninja character to educate children about climate change, and a zombie-themed video game for math education. Coburn’s paper calls into question nearly $30 billion in federal spending that some would argue would have been better spent elsewhere.”Yahoo News
9 Odd and Awesome 2014 Calendars – Although Kayne’s Pug Calendar might be my favorite of the bunch, there are some pretty funny and appealing calendars here. Sexy Monsters evokes some of the more recent trends in SF/Fantasy, Romance, and relevant sub genres. The Warwick Rowers and Hot Guys and Baby animals echo many a Romance novel cover, and Tattooed Librarians is just downright cool. Mental Floss
Why Everyone Will Totally Read This Column – Not a surprise, but there’s still some interesting stuff here about how Gawker boosts the signal for viral content. Editor Neetzan Zimmerman reviews a feed of more than 1,000 sites a day to cull content for Gawker. His sensibility is organic, in the sense of seeing himself as tapping into the human mind in a way that he believes allows him to predict what people most want to read.
“Indeed, Mr. Zimmerman earns traffic so reliably that its tempting to dismiss him as an automaton who simply posts every sensational news story that comes along, or as a mere “aggregator” who doesnt contribute anything original to journalism. But that take misses Mr. Zimmerman’s skill. He posts only about a dozen items a day. Almost every one becomes a big traffic hit—an astonishing rate of success. I’ve worked on the Web for years, and I still have trouble predicting which of my stories will be hits and which will appeal only to my mom. Mr. Zimmerman has somehow cracked the code.
His secret, he says, is a deep connection to his audiences evolving, irreducibly human, primal sensibilities. Usually within a few seconds of seeing an item, Mr. Zimmerman can sense whether its destined to become a viral story. ‘I guess you could call it intuition,’ he says.”Wall Street Journal
isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnÊ¼t know, didnÊ¼t think about, or didnÊ¼t feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!