Flourishing romance noise and sex

The headline isn’t supposed to make sense as a sentence, it’s the topics covered in my discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today.

Umair Haque urges us to turn our back on oppulance and seek eudaemonia instead. He defines that as flourishing – the pursuit of fulfilment, inspiration, creation and accomplishment.

Romance novelists and readers defend romance fiction against the accusation that “women can become as dangerously unbalanced by these books’ .

On a related topic, the Guardian has taken a paragraph  from 10 books and asks if you can tell the sex of the author. I scored only 6/10 and that came with an accusation of sloppy thinking.

Maybe the sloppy thinking is the result of too much noise – Alan Schwarz writes in the New York Times about pumping up the volume for fans at sports games.

5 Responses to Flourishing romance noise and sex

  1. JC says:

    I got two right on the survey and was accused of “being a girl or something”.



  2. gravedodger says:

    And I was worried with the admonition I received for 5/10


  3. pdm says:

    I got 9 but even that only yielded a not bad.


  4. gravedodger says:

    As one who after viewing a film with Cameron Diaz starring asked the theater manager which bloke was “he” playing, then taking my very red face off to a nearby cafe to recompose myself, I guess I was bound to fail here.


  5. I got told I was sloppy thinker and I should read more books by men.
    I thought that’s all I read.
    Do you suppose that not all their male authors are real blokes?


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