Unfinished novel on your hard drive? Still paying off those loans for your MFA? It’s probably best to skip this post.
A 16-year-old girl named Emily Baker’s has gotten an e-book deal from Penguin for Loving The Band, which she originally penned online. For those readers who are not 14-year-old girls, One Direction is a boy band from the UK with that really
annoying awesome song “What Makes You Beautiful.” (I just remembered boy bands have really rabid fans.) Loving The Band stars a teenaged girl who gets caught in a love trial between two members of a boy band loosely based on One Direction and will be e-published on November 1. Keep reading »
A new study called “The Contraceptive Choice Project” outlined in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology tracked over 9,000 women in St. Louis and found free birth control led to drastically lower rates of abortion and births by teen moms. The study gave a range of free birth control options to poor and uninsured women (those at the greatest risk for an unplanned pregnancy) between 2007 and 2011.
Access to birth control, including the most effective, implanted options — meant women had fewer abortions: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study. Not only is that lower than the national average of 20 abortions per 1,000 women but lower than the abortion rate for women in St. Louis, which is 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women. The Obstetrics & Gynecology study, published yesterday, predicted that one abortion could be prevented for every 79 to 137 women being given free contraception. Keep reading »
Ryan Murphy is no fool. The “American Horror Story” creator knows he has to release a steady stream of teasers to keep interest piqued … which is really annoying for fans like me who want trailers with some substance. Finally we’ve got something to work with: here’s the new trailer for “American Horror Story”‘s season two — which is set in an East Coast mental institution run by priests and nuns — and it promises to be all kinds of fucked up in whole new ways. We’ve got electroshock therapy, sex addicts, and sadism. Oh, and we’ll finally see if Adam Levine knows how to act. (I though I don’t know if you can call love scenes with Jenna Dewan Tatum “acting.”) The show returns on FX on October 17. [AV Club]
Last night I was just about crying into my Cheesy Blasters watching the season premiere of “30 Rock”‘s final season. The only reason I could possibly handle this is because Tina Fey confirmed she’s trying to make a “Mean Girls” musical happen. Anyway, NYMag.com is keeping themselves busy with 10 classic “30 Rock” jokes presented as infographics and they even made a cut of the jokes in non-graphed form. Somebody in that art department has the best job. I’m terribly disappointed D’Fwan from “Queen Of Jordan” didn’t get his own chart, though. [NYMag.com]