From reader Shula is this fantastic article about romances at The Awl. According to the reader, “The Awl is one of a quartet of blogs (think Gawker media) that also includes The Hairpin, a ladyblog. What I thought particularly interesting was that instead of posting the article there, where one might assume something written by a woman on the subject of the “Golden Age” of Mills and Boon would go, it went up on the general interest Awl instead.”
Romance novels are feminist documents. They’re written almost exclusively by women, for women, and are concerned with women: their relations in family, love and marriage, their place in society and the world, and their dreams for the future. Romances of the Golden Age are rife with the sociopolitical limitations of their period, it must be said. They’re exclusively hetero, and exclusively white, for example. Even so, they can be strangely sublime.
It’s a marvelous essay that addresses the bad (see above) and the great (see above). In sum, read the article.
Book Smuggler Thea is working on her thesis – a hypothetical international publisher of speculative fiction ebooks and select high-quality print books. You can access the survey here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDZNQzMzaVEtZTZEd3RDTlJOWEoxT2c6MQ. Please help Book Smuggler Thea out on this peeps. The more data she has, the more invaluable her research.
This is a really important piece about the sad state of journalism. I’m not sure how many people read Tech Crunch (maybe not many) but Michael Arrington and his cadre of writers appear to be in the protection racket. Invest in us and we’ll promote you. Don’t and we’ll savage you. This all came to a head after one of the start ups, the creators of an iOS App called Path, was discovered to have been uploading all the data from a user’s phonebook.
Amazon is trying to boost its margin (or at least its profit). Amazon Mom’s is a program directed toward young mothers. It offers three months of free two day shipping and discounts on diapers, wipes and other baby products. Now, Amazon has reduced the benefit.
As of January 24, 2012, however, the maximum discount on diapers and wipes is 20 percent and it’s only available to Prime members. Customers who join Amazon Mom in 2012 get three months of free two-day shipping, and can no longer receive additional free months. “To continue receiving all the benefits of Amazon Mom, join Amazon Prime for $79/year,” the company e-mailed customers.
Moms are mad and have launched a change.org petition. Via Paid Content.
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