"You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to."
— Molly Ivins
“Mary Rodgers, who has died aged 83, was a composer and songwriter whose 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress, based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, The Princess and the Pea, is played constantly throughout the US. She was part of a line of musical theatre composers: Richard Rodgers, of Rodgers and Hammerstein, was her father, and her son Adam Guettel is now in the business.” Via The Guardian.
I somehow missed this lovely write-up of SPICE AND SECRETS at No Canon for Romance Novels: http://t.co/BqCRiMtf7O <3— Suleikha Snyder (@suleikhasnyder)June 13, 2014
WHOO HOO! Which reminds me I forgot to say that I sent a link from my Shadowdance review to Kristen Callihan and she told me it made her day. =)
Novelist Eloisa James on Anti-Romance Bias — Vulture
Ms. James makes some false generalizations about her readers in this interview (for ex: “The women buying romance don’t give a damn what is said in The New Republic. They’ve never even heard of it.”), but it’s still worth a read. (via romancecanon)
With that New Republic comment, James really shoots herself in the foot. Her whole point is that romance readers aren’t stupid. So why insult their intelligence by assuming none of them have heard of The New Republic? She could’ve said if doesn’t matter if they’ve heard of it or not because knowing the name of one publication isn’t a sign of intelligence.
Side note: I don’t like her books very much. I tried. I really did. But nah.
There are a few of her books I love (her latest one is delightful), but some not so much (there’s one I even hated so much I didn’t get past the second chapter). Yeah, for a lot of this interview, I thought, really???
Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014). Dancer. Singer. Poet. Author. Speaker. Educator. Creative. Inspirer. Mother. Black woman. Beautiful. She means so much to me. Everything. May she rest in peace.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."