Why did men stop wearing high heels? – Ned sent me this link about how the first wearers of high heels were men, a fashion accessory which denoted wealth. During the Enlightenment period, rational and useful dress became the style and high heels for men went out. High heels were seen as “foolish and effiminate” like women and thus high heels became a favored form of female attire. BBC Magazine
Barnes & Noble to Whittle Stores for Years – According to this article in the WSJ, B&N will close over 200 stores in the next decade or 1/3 of its stores or 20 stores a year, whichever way you want to look at it. Wall Street Journal
The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap — Modern Love – This is an essay by Eve Pell about her love found later in life. Trust me, you want to read this.
“One evening at the movies, after we had been seeing each other for several weeks, I felt his hand on mine. If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can recapture the moment: the dark of the theater, the warmth of his hand, my happiness. One might not expect an old grandmother to feel a surge of romance, but I did, and I knew that his reaching out was a brave gesture. I reciprocated, inviting him in for tea when he took me home. I have a narrow, uncomfortable sofa in my living room, poorly designed for intimacy, but nevertheless that was where we sat, and that was where we kissed before he went home. “ NYTimes.com
It’s digital – they won’t mind – Feel like you don’t get the same quality in a digital edition as you do in print? Can’t imagine why anyone feels that way. the simpleton
Stephen King Publishes 99-Cent Kindle Single About Guns – Stephen King published an essay titled “Guns” through the Amazon Kindle Single program (which is exclusive to Amazon) wherein he explains his position on guns and gun tonrol and why he is asking that his book Rage be pulled from publication. The short story features a disenchanted youth taking his high school classroom hostage with a gun. Several teenagers have referred to this book as a source of inspiration. I think King’s actions give fuel to the argument that violence in entertainment begets violence. ” You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it.” writes King. GalleyCat