This morning’s reading. I need to work…

The Origin of Menopause: Why Do Women Outlive Fertility?: Scientific American
The “grandmother theory” came up in conversation just the other night. Still, the rest of women’s systems do decline after menopause. Women get to weigh the benefit/risk of taking hormones for the last 40-50 years of their lives.

Debate over core exercises – Los Angeles Times
Nothing to add to this really. Just not surprised.

Premium Chocolate Wars Are Pure Bliss

Trade literature contends the M&M’s Premiums will not cannibalize the core M&M’s brand because Mars is targeting what it dubs the “Savvy Socials”—women who shop premium categories, like to show their sense of style and entertain.

*checks the calendar to make sure it isn’t the 1st* The land of chocolate has gotten insane in the last couple years. To the benefit of the consumer. I still maintain that Hershey’s has one of the best 60% dark chocolates. Just wish they could really get it to work for them profit-wise.

Essay About Love and Literary Taste – Books – Review – New York Times
I often think twice about stating what my favorite books are because they are not very serious, but, I suppose, if you want to dismiss me out of hand for them, it’s not really my problem. (The Last Unicorn and 84 Charing Cross Road, btw.) My pile of religious texts did make Eric think twice when we were dating though. Personally, I’m always open to hearing about what someone find to be a good book.

New HarperCollins Unit to Try to Cut Writer Advances – New York Times
Now that’s interesting. It will be interesting to see how this “small press” model works for one of the big boys. I am rather amused by Writer’s Blog’s alarmist take on it:

Writer’s Blog: New HarperCollins Imprint Won’t Pay Author Royalties [sic]

The problem is this: what are authors supposed to live on while they are writing?

Maybe the same thing that not-yet-published writers live on. I see possible benefit for the “regular” writer, or at least not the peril that Writer’s Blog sees. If there’s less financial risk involved for the publisher, they might be more willing to take a chance on a “regular” writer. On the other hand, if there’s too little risk involved, will the publisher make the effort to help the author become a success?

Better coverage at:
HarperCollins Decides Thursday Is A Good Day For Radical Announcements | Booksquare

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