“Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”—Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride (via chartyourowncourse)
“Remember, straight white guys, we don’t shrug off online abuse because it’s no big deal, we shrug off online abuse because it’s not aimed at us and we’ve got the invincibility star music playing in our ears.”—Bloggers telling people to “toughen up” like Venusians standing in a 400 kilometer per hour sulfuric acid hurricane telling dissolving astronauts to stop being such wimps. (via jetpackexhaust)
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.
We posed the question to our fellow book-savvy colleagues and, after receiving some 1,400 nominations(!) and putting it to a vote, we ultimately settled on 25 titles. Instead of worrying so much about what had to be included, we opted to present a collection of books that has the ability to change the way you think and feel and reflects our diverse interests here at Powell’s.
All in all, the content bundle was a smooth move for B&N. The tablet is going to face fierce competition in terms of hardware specs and price, so B&N decided to fight the competition laterally – by adding a bundle of content that most tablet makers either cannot or will not match.
The new Nook, co-branded with Samsung, is now available for 179 bucks, which includes a basket of free content to go along with it. Looks pretty good, really.
ABC is making a “family friendly” comedy inspired by Col. Chris Hadfield’s memoir An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, which sounds adorable. However, the main character had better have one excellent mustache, or we walk.
More broadly, on one of those sites, FanFiction.net, fans posted 100 new stories every hour across all categories. And Amazon? Its entire output for all 24 “Worlds” of content, which also includes franchises like Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries, was just 538 stories over the course of more than a year.
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.”—Khalil Gibran, The Prophet (via observando)