Greetings! As an FYI, I hope you’ve eaten your Wheaties, because this weekend is BUSY: The BAFTAs are Sunday, and the Grammys are ALSO Sunday. Will no one think of the bloggers?
I assume you’ve read this piece about Dan Mallory in The New Yorker and if you haven’t, you should. IT IS A RIDE.
Speaking of writers, Rosamunde Pilcher — the POLAR OPPOSITE of Dan Mallory — died this week. Her obit in the Guardian is lovely. I love her books. They’re so….sweeping and warm and hugely diverting. My grandmother, who died last year at 96, found a joy in reading rather late in life (she loved to read, but she only figured that out when she was like 75) and she was a huge fan of Pilcher. The nice thing about figuring out that you love to read when you are 75 is that there are A LOT of books to work through. I think everyone’s Pilcher Starter Book is The Shell Seekers.
Speaking of writers, this is from last year — prior to the mid-term elections — but I was reminded of it after I watched Stacey Abrams give the rebuttal to the State of the Union address. It’s an interview Abrams did about her career as a romance novelist, and it’s GREAT. [Entertainment Weekly]
Riveting, at the LA Times: Thieves stole architectural gems from USC in a heist that remained hidden for years
At Pajiba, the answer to this question is OBVIOUSLY YES: Are You Ready For a Tyra Banks Theme Park?
This is a FASCINATING piece, at New York magazine, about the Porta-Potty king of New York, and his competitors.
At Celebitchy: Did you hear that Jennifer Lawrence is engaged? It’s true.
This is a really interesting– and useful! — interview with the copy chief at Random House. I am going to use his tip about zombies henceforth.[NPR]
Related, at Entertainment Weekly: How to determine whether a movie is or isn’t a rom-com
This is interesting, at The Goods: How a false eyelash boom aided North Korea.