This looks fascinating. There's a "mini" book coming out that focuses on a personal conversation with Judy Blume and Lena Dunham. (Dunham is the star of TV show "Girls" and I've posted about her here a few times. For the first time, gay characers are portrayed well on her show.)
Here’s more about the book: “What does surprise, though, in this 80-page book chronicling the pair’s first meeting and a conversation that touches on writing, celebrity, sex, censorship, and favorite breakfasts, is just how naturally the two get along. The generation gap doesn’t stand a chance—perhaps because Dunham and Blume have reading in common.”
I think the book is supposed to be about 8,000 words, but it's only coming out in a limited run. I'm not certain if it will be launched in digital format (I really hope it is, and that the publisher "gets" digital). If it is, I'm buying it.
No E-books for 70%?
Speaking of digital format, this is one of those articles I just find hard to believe. And the main reason is that e-books sales rise in some articles, and then fall in others, and no one knows WTF to believe anymore. There's been a long running small scale poll over at Nathan Bransford's blog since (I think) 2007 where he polls his blog readers about whether or not they'll switch to e-books. I've followed it each year, and each year the numbers reading e-books seem to rise. You can check that out here. He does a follow up post with links to other years. What's been amazing to see is how some who stated they would NEVER switch to e-books have changed since 2007. I would consider his readership a mix of elite and mainstream. And with Bransford's poll, there's no hidden agenda, so I tend to believe it more than other things I read.
In any event:
The main reasons for preferring print are that these consumers like the look and feel of a real book, they don’t have to strain their eyes to read print and they like putting books on the bookshelf.
“The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for US Book Manufacturers and Printers” report also revealed that college students prefer print textbooks to digital textbooks, for reasons of concentration. According to the report, respondents reported that a digital display is too distracting.
Interesting. I have bad eyes, from years of working on a computer. I only read e-books because I can adjust the size of the print. Last study I heard in September many college students, in order to offset the cost of rising tuition and student loans, aren't just reading e-books, they are downloading from sharing sites in digital in questionable ways.
From my post in September:
This morning on a local Philadelphia news channel, the morning anchor, Sheinelle Jones, mentioned the rising cost of a college text book, which she said is about $200.00. Then she started talking about social media messages she'd received on the topic from college students headed back to school this month, and carefully discussed how some students are getting around this by finding digital books in places where it's not allowed.
So just by judging from what I see around me, and from what I see younger people doing, I find it hard to believe 70% absolutely refuse to read e-books. They even went so far as to say most e-books downloaded aren't read. I think there's a way for companies like Amazon to track that, and I find that statement hard to believe, too.
So take all information like this with that proverbial grain of salt. I only read e-books, and so do most of the people I know. And the ones I know who don't are the types who can even figure out how to use the TV remote control.
You can read more here, because it's interesting.
Gay Fired Catholic
I saw this on my local Philadelphia news earlier this past weekend, and Tony and I looked at each other in shock. A young (gay) Catholic school teacher in Philadelphia was fired because he filed for a marriage license in New Jersey. According to what I saw on TV, the teacher phoned in, said he would be late, and also said he was filing for a marriage license. The principal and some other priest in charge, called him into the office when he arrived for work and fired him on the spot. The underlying message seems to be you can be gay, but you can't get married or let anyone know you're gay.
Michael Griffin worked at the Holy Ghost Preparatory School for 12 years teaching French and Italian. He said that although administrators, including the principal, knew he was gay, he never had any major conflict with the Catholic administrators until Friday.
Griffin said he was fired on Friday after he had emailed administrators to tell them he was going to file for a marriage license and would be slightly late to work.
From what I've also heard, the teacher allegedly went to this same school himself.
Tony and I live in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia in New Hope where there are gay bars and restaurants. One night we were at a gay bar with friends and a group of priests from a school just like the one mentioned in the article above came into the gay bar, in street clothes, and they had a blast. And I'm going to be writing a long personal post in the near future about two gay priests Tony and I both knew very well for many years. We celebrated holidays with them, and birthdays. But in all the years we knew them we had no idea they were living double lives as Catholic priests. We didn't have a clue. And that's not hearsay or third party information. It happened and I was there. It creeped me out for a long time. But I don't mind posting about this after I read things like the piece about the school teacher above.
The Catholic church needs to look deeper into its own gay roots. (Side note: I went to 12 years of Catholic school and I'm more than familiar with the practices.)