This article states that floor traffic has been heavy at BEA 2014, and it’s the most active, the most popular, and the best BEA ever to hit the face of the planet. I almost expected to read that a choir of literary agents stood up and sang Let It Go. This information also comes from the VP of Publishing Strategy at St. Martin’s Press. I’ve heard other versions.
The one thing that remains consistent from everything I’ve read and everything I hear from people at BEA this year is the Amazon-Hachette dispute is a big part of conversation. James Patterson offered a few interesting words:
California native Charlie Powell claims to have invented a new kind of condom that he is calling the “Galactic Cap.” Instead of a latex sheath covering the full length of the penis, Powell’s condom encases only the tip. That way, semen is trapped without dulling sexual sensation, according to Powell.
Just one problem: It may not be as good as conventional condoms at stoping STIs.
This invention was spawned through a competition sponsored by Bill Gates and his wife. But the guy didn’t win any funding from Gates and now he’s turning to crowdfunding at indiegogo. Of course I have about a million questions about this penis cap. But I’ll refrain for now.
There’s more here, with a video and a more in-depth explanation of how the penis cap is actually used. It’s very well presented and interesting.
The comment thread is a real gem this time.
Maya Angelou Sex Work History
Ever since news broke about the death of Maya Angelou there have been hashtags, articles, and so many things trending it’s hard to keep up with them. But according to this next article no one has bothered to mention that Maya Angelou was a sex worker. It is by no means a negative article, and it in no way, shape, or form judges or slams Angelou. If anything, it supports what Angelou spoke about openly.
We can, once again, boil it down to respectability politics and stigma. I am angry about it. I find myself ruminating, considering, wondering: If her work had been talked about as much as her dancing with James Baldwin or even her considerable, commanding and lovely height of six feet, what would the sex work community look like today? If we had talked about her wonderful compassion for sex workers, how she never looked down on them, and her refusal to be intimidated by invasive and obnoxious questioning about her sex working past, what would sex workers around the world be saying today in memory of her life?
There’s even a quote about this from Maya Angelou. Angelou spoke about her past openly and never hid it from anyone.
It’s a good article about respectability politics and how the facts are often distorted in one way or another after someone dies.