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Monday News: Apple speculation builds, Kate Mosse and genre fiction, Jane the Virgin comes to US TV, and Neil Patrick Harris’s “Choose Your Own Autobiography”

Monday News: Apple speculation builds, Kate Mosse and genre fiction, Jane...

Apple is holding a media event September 9th, so I’m going to engage in a full little hypothetical question: Based on current rumors for Apple products (an iWatch, a 12.9? screen iPad, and a larger iPhone), how likely am I to buy these devices? For the sake of discussion, I’ll pretend they would all come out this year, even though it’s more likely they’d come out over the next calendar year. –Gigaom

As a genre writer, says Mosse, “I’ve come out. It’s Mill on the Floss meets Psycho.” She also pays homage to other classics in the gothic tradition – The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein and The Monk – but insists that Connie is “not a victim”, like most gothic heroines, but a “modern Ms”.

So, following the rebranding of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Mosse has gone on to give a three-part masterclass in How to Survive as a Writer in the 21st century. –The Guardian

There’s an extended trailer and a very interesting comment thread here, in which at least one male commenter suggested that the premise was “rapey,” and he was shot down by a couple of women. Now, I hope this is all going to be subversive, but I can’t help but link this to some of the points that were made last week about the investment the American medical system has in keeping women ignorant (and therefore not advocates and skeptics of their own care). I did like some of the comments Gina Rodriguez has made, though:

Too often, Rodriguez says, Latinos are only seen as “maid, landscaper, pregnant teen. Mind you I am playing pregnant, but I’m not a teen.”

She’s also not, she points out, a size two — and she doesn’t want to be. She hopes that Jane can not only give viewers a different view of Latino culture, but also give young girls a different view of beauty and body image. –USA Today

CHOOSE correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. –Neil Patrick Harris and Random House

Tuesday News: Amazon buys Twitch, Superman sells for $3.2 million, hilarious author satire, and a chocolate bathroom

Tuesday News: Amazon buys Twitch, Superman sells for $3.2 million, hilarious...

Amazon is clearly very keen to get into gaming. It created its in-house gaming studio back in 2012 and has made a few lightweight Facebook and mobile games since then. It signaled it was getting more serious with the acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games and hiring of Kim Swift, the designer behind the classic Portal game. The company’s new Fire TV offered a selection of games created by Amazon’s in-house team and even has a Amazon joystick you can buy separately, hinting at aspirations to compete with consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation. The company already sells everything under the sun, so it only makes sense for them to add games to the books, films, and TV shows they offer, but getting the love and respect of that community is tough. Twitch has gamer support in spades. According to a source familiar with the deal, Amazon is the biggest digital distributor of games after Valve’s Steam store, and it believes Twitch could help it to capture even more of that market. –The Verge

“This was a record auction for eBay as it was the most expensive comic book ever sold on our marketplace,” Gene Cook, general manager of emerging verticals for eBay Marketplaces, said in a statement. “The sale of Action Comics No. 1 is a prime example of how eBay plays a role in popular culture by connecting shoppers to must-have merchandise, including rare and valuable collectibles. This was an extraordinary opportunity to bring a comic — one that has captured the attention of passionate collectors and casual fans alike.” –CNET

You could unfollow Todd Manly-Krauss, and perhaps you really should. It would be better for your mental health and your blood pressure. But somewhere along the way (and this is what kills you) his posts have convinced you that he’s areally important writer. That this is someone you want and need to be friends with, because he’s a powerful taste-maker, one of the great minds of our generation. You know it isn’t true—his work is good but not your favorite—and yet it’s like he’s brainwashed you. –Ploughshares Literary Magazine

Because who hasn’t dreamed of dropping off some of their own fudge bars in a melting chocolate crapper, UK chocolatiers Choccywoccydoodah and Bathrooms.com teamed up to make a toilet, bidet, sink and bathtub entirely out of Belgian chocolate. All the fixtures together contain about 9.4-million calories and cost $133,000. For reference, that’s $133,000 outside of my chocolate bathroom budget. –Geekologie