Links: Monday, September 2nd

September 2, 2013 Links 1

A paper fortune from a fortune cookie that says

Surprisingly sage wisdom for a fortune cookie.

  • Widower submits a song about his wife of 73 years to a songwriting contest – Oh my god, this is just all the feels.

    When 96-year-old Fred saw a songwriting contest advertised in the paper he couldn’t help but write one for his wife who’d passed away only a month earlier. They had been together since the 30′s.

    Unable to play an instrument or sing, Fred simply mailed in his lyrics. The studio holding the contest saw his song and read his story in the letter he attached and decided to record it for him.

  • The Year I Stopped Reading Men – I pretty much only read romance novels these days and play around in an almost exclusively female online sandbox, so I have a similar reaction to this writer when I consume other media. I’m like a vampire in the sun, only I’m hissing at dudebros instead.

    It was like when you turn on a TV set after spending a significant period of time streaming television online. Suddenly, you’re covering your ears and asking why those Kia hamsters can’t play a different song. You never used to notice the commercials, but now they’re all you can hear. My experience was kind of like that, except instead of noticing the heightened volume of a CGI rodent, I was noticing that whenever I opened a book by a man — whether it was a literary classic or a well-reviewed contemporary darling — I simply couldn’t find many women. With a few notable exceptions, I instead found male anxiety wrapped in a vagina.

  • The Challenges of Cross-Class Romance – This post about class difference in romance offers some great insights into how class influences our relationships. The comments are great too.

    Much ink has been spilled suggesting that romance fiction indoctrinates readers into patriarchal values, but little has been written about its ideologies of class. After reading Mayberry’s book, I began to wonder—does romance also work to instill middle class assumptions and values in working-class readers?

  • Anne of Green Gables Wedding Inspiration Photos – These pictures are so gorgeous, I think I squealed audibly when I saw them.
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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