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.


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?


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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