Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gabourey Sidibe's Revenge; Full Frontal Nude Shots; Simon & Schuster E-book Rise

Gabourey Sidibe's Revenge

The unfortunate thing about this is that when you put yourself in the public eye you are open to all kinds of criticism and some of it's not constructive and can be downright mean-spirited. This recently happened to Gabourey Sidibe after an appearance at the Golden Globe Awards. I've had that happen to me before on a much smaller scale than what recently happened to Sidibe when another author on a comment thread made fun of my name and also made reference to athletic fields. But it comes with the territory, and we all do make these choices consciously and criticism is to be expected. It's how we respond to mean-spirited criticism, and with what kind of creativity we take our revenge, that matters the most. And Gabourey Sidibe should be complimented for a job well done in the revenge department. It is best served cold.

This is what she tweeted to those who made fun of her:

To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I most def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night.

You can read more here, with photos.

Whether you like Sidibe or not, she does add something interesting to anything she's ever done. It's that something special you can't train for or even work for. You either have it or you don't.

10 Male Full Frontal Nude Shots

Someone sent me this link yesterday and I thought I'd share simply because male full frontal nudity in films always seems so shocking. Even in this article it's explained that way, and I'm not always sure why.

There’s nothing quite as shocking as seeing male genetalia in a film. Trust me, I’ve had to research for an article on it. There may still be some gasps at the female equivalent, but we’re certainly more accustomed to their appearance (sometimes even popping up in a 15). A stray knob shot can still cause gasps of horror or ripples of laughter.
Read more at
http://whatculture.com/film/10-most-shocking-male-nudity-shots-in-cinema-history.php#hYIOjd0AeWrQoLpz.99

I don't get the shocking part. Maybe I've seen too many "knobs." In any event, if you check out the link you can see 10 of the most "shocking" full frontal nude shots in film history. But like with most everything else related to male full frontal nude shots you'll also have to do a separate search to actually see these "knobs." The article finds them too "shocking" to publish.

Simon & Schuster E-book Rise

You know how you read about the way e-book sales are going flat and how those nasty old e-books might even disappear completely. Or how people are still more interested in print books than e-book and e-books are most likely a passing trend. Well, this article is interesting because big publisher Simon & Schuster had huge growth with e-book sales on a global level. Those of us who have been pioneering in the digital market for a decade are not surprised by this. A good deal of our readership comes from a variety of international readers who only read in digital format, from the UK to Asia.

The publisher’s international eBook business is growing at a faster rate than US eBook sales, because these countries are catching up, she said. Last year, the publisher sold eBooks in 200 different countries including a copy of The Sun Also Rises in Antarctica. Reidy said that the publisher is seeing an opportunity in these digital sales and that it is not affecting physical sales. She said that there is a great opportunity for foreign book retailers to sell English-language titles in non-English speaking countries, but they have yet to capitalize on this yet.

Through feedback I get from my readers outside of the US, a large part of this interest in e-books has to do with the fact that e-books are more easily accessible and print books are not. In many cases, especially with LGBTI content, e-books have changed the lives of readers. They can now read books they never would have been able to read ten years ago. And this includes classics like the book mentioned above. Or harmless, smutty love stories with naughty guys who have strong stories like the ones I write.

You can read more here.

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