James Bond is an ‘impotent drunk’ – So I don’t know whether to be comforted or horrified by this: doctors counted every drink James Bond consumed in the Ian Fleming series and averaged it out, concluding that he had a major alcohol problem. So part of me is happy to know it’s not just Romance where there seems to be an inability to distinguish between fiction and real life, but another part of me is frustrated by the idea that we’re all so literal minded as to consume media as if it were a how-to guide. It would be kind of amusing, though, to watch Bond try rehab. Maybe Lindsay Lohan could be his sobriety coach.
“Excluding the 36 days Bond was in prison, hospital or rehab, the spy downed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days.
It works out at 92 units a week – about five vodka martinis a day and four times the recommended maximum intake for men in the UK.
The doctors’ report in the festive edition of the British Medical Journal concluded: “Although we appreciate the societal pressures to consume alcohol when working with international terrorists and high stakes gamblers, we would advise Bond to be referred for further assessment of his alcohol intake.””BBC News
How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities – This is a great study by Pew on the habits and attitudes of Americans toward public libraries. Among the many findings here, a number stand out, including the fact that 54% have used a public library within the last year, and 72% live in a household with at least one active library user. Unsurprisingly, “women, African Americans and Hispanics, adults to live in lower-income households, and adults with lower levels of educational attainment” place a high value on public library access and services.
“Americans strongly value library services such as access to books and media; having a quiet, safe place to spend time, read, or study; and having librarians to help people find information. Other services, such as assistance finding and applying for jobs, are more important to particular groups, including those with lower levels of education or household income.”Pew Internet
Romance writers feel the heat from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – I just don’t know what to say about this piece, except that you should read it from start to finish. Apparently, Eloisa James is now going to be using the word “cock” in her books, and Avon’s Carrie Feron makes an odd connection between Fifty Shades (also refusing to call it a Romance), and fewer euphemisms in mainstream Romance. Could you hear the big sigh in that previous sentence? Because it’s there, and Fifty Shades definitely didn’t have any influence over the word I said when I first read this article.
“In the Olden Days of Georgette Heyer, writers alluded to a gentleman’s [barnyard fowl] only in the most oblique terms. Feron says, “Years later when I worked in category romance, there was a lot of substituting of words. Euphemisms like ‘globes’ instead of ‘breast.’ It always sounded a little odd to me, but that was a while ago. Time moves on. I think it’s really hard to shock readers these days, especially after ‘Fifty Shades’ — which is not a romance — has become so mainstream.””The Washington Post
HarperCollins CEO Paints Positive Picture for Publishing – So now HarperCollins is excited about ebooks. Go figure. CEO Brian Murray talked up the company’s digital fortunes at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, noting that they are experimenting with something called “dynamic pricing,” which allows prices to change as frequently as daily to “increase revenues and royalties for authors.” So now, apparently, they care about authors, too. Go figure.
“Murray emphasized blooming growth of digital titles. Ebook sales have grown from $100 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 to $375 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013, a 275% growth rate, according to the American Assn. of Publishers. A PriceWaterhouseCoopers study shows ebooks commanding 14% of the market in 2013, rising to 18% next year and 23% in 2015. Overall, the global market for books is projected to remain ‘steady.'”Variety
NAILED IT: This Ad Calls Out 5 Ridiculous Double Standards Women Face In Less Than 60 Seconds – Students at Harvard Business School were assigned a case study on a female Silicon Valley entrepreneur, whose real name is Heidi. Half the class, however, was given the same assignment with the entrepreneur’s name changed to Howard. Guess which name garnered the greatest likability? Yeah, that’s right. And here’s an advertisement that demonstrates the differences, along with a link to the original study and discussion by Sheryl Sandberg. Pantene using the double standard commercial to sell its shampoo isn’t much different than Dove’s “Real Women” campaign. Is it hypocritical or helpful?Upworthy
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