Critical Linking: September 14, 2013

“Unfortunately bullying isn’t a pretty thing and it involves ugly words…scary words,” she says. “I wanted to write about the experience honestly for the kids. And I wanted to speak to them honestly.”

But she uses the word “ass” in the title of her book, and that is unforgivable. Obviously.

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The acclaimed US novelist Jonathan Franzen has likened Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and claimed that the online retailer-publisher is decimating literary culture in favour of the “yakkers and tweeters and braggers”. 

I wonder who the other three horsemen are?

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When we published the “Iron Man” comic book years ago, we got more mail from female readers for Iron Man than for any other character. And I figured it out. It was because he was handsome, he was incredibly wealthy and glamorous and he had a bad heart. And I could picture romantic women all over figuring, “He’s so beautiful and rich and nice, and I could take care of him, and I could nurse him and tend to him. Even with his bad heart, I could be so good to him.”

I guess that since Stan Lee is so old, he can get away with being a wee bit sexist. Right?

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