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From Tamara: The NY Times and others are reporting that several libraries in the US, including one in California that wasn’t in too bad of shape, have been taken over by a private company. The outcry is vaguely reported, and the article makes it seem like the major cripping factor is the pensions of the library employees. How much would that suck, by the way? One day you’re a state or city employee with a pension and retirement fund, and the next you’re a potential employee of a private company offering a (401)k and no pension? Ouch.
Do you live in one of the towns with a privately-managed library system? What do you think?
Moving on to other private enterprises: Danielle Steel has fallen out of love with romance novels. That’s nice. She didn’t write them to begin with.
“They’re not really about romance … I really write more about the human condition,” she said. “[Romance] is an element in life but I think of romance novels as more of a category and I write about the situations we all deal with – loss and war and illness and jobs and careers, good things, bad things, crimes, whatever.”
Steel is the point of reference for so many people outside the genre when they ask me about romance novels. Fact is, most people think she’s romance. So it’s actually rather useful for her to declaim the romance connection because my response to the “Oh, like Danielle Steel?” comment is usually, “Oh, no, she doesn’t write romance. Romance is actually better than Steel, and uses far fewer ellipses.”
Thanks to Rebecca for the link.
Speaking of breaking yourself to avoid the romance cooties, Maureen Johnson’s recent essay is so entirely awesome, particularly in her discussion of genre type and gender. Thanks to JD and Christine and many others for the link.
And finally, Kathy sent this article that totally has me running for the shelf of Romance That Shalt Not Be Touched: the 99 page test is, according to this person’s report, is a better evaluative technique for a book than reading the first page. This has worked for me with a few of Nora Roberts’ books, but I haven’t tried it on the rest of the library yet. Does this test work for you? What’s your 99th page test result?