Links Lundi

A peek into a 1961 book, “Scrap Irony,” which pairs short witty verses with quirky illustrations.  Apparently the physical book is hard to find, but thanks to the Internet, it’s preserved for our perusal.  Take that, SOPA.

Amazon.com carries on destroying retail as we know it by manipulating customer expectations and killing print publishing in as slow and painful a fashion as they can.  I definitely don’t agree with Lacy that Amazon should be exploiting publishing’s weaknesses the way it is, but it would certainly be nice if publishers, print or electronic, could get over celebrity memoirs and start paying more attention to new writers.

In other dying-literary-traditions news, Poe fans have officially called an end to the tradition of the “Poe Toaster” after the mysterious man failed to appear for the third year in a row.

No Proof Paula Deen’s High-Fat Southern Cooking Caused Her Diabetes: “After eight years [of a controlled $415 million study], there was no statistically significant difference in the rate at which type 2 diabetes occurred among women in the two groups.

A Feminist Takes On Fashion: “If feminists ignore fashion, we are ceding our power to influence it.”

Model Alessandra Ambrosio walked the catwalk while 5 months pregnant.  This is either really neat or really contrived, like when Vogue does their “plus-sized only” issues and expects the world to be proud of them for being so open-minded.  Yes, the lady is pregnant, and I appreciate the fashion industry not refusing to let her work, but…she still pretty much looks like a model.

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