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3 Reasons The New York City Marathon Should Be Cancelled

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is facing bitter criticism over his decision to hold the New York City Marathon as scheduled on Sunday, just days after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of Gotham. Nowhere was the outrage more palpable than in Staten Island. That’s the borough where the massive, world-famous race will start, and it’s also the part of the city that took the brunt of the superstorm’s fury. Residents — many of whom have lost their homes and businesses and gone days without electricity and water — are complaining that they’re being forgotten. Staten Island Councilman James Oddo said it was “idiotic” to stage the ING Marathon while people still need to be rescued in the hard-hit South Shore area. He’s urging Bloomberg to cancel the marathon. The mayor says going ahead with the race is critical to the economy, and will show the city’s resilience without sapping resources needed for the recovery. Here, three reasons he might want to change his mind and call off the event… Keep reading »

Jami Attenberg’s 6 Favorite Books With Overweight Protagonists

In Attenberg’s third novel, The Middlesteins, a Jewish family in Chicago is torn apart by the overeating of their 350-pound matriarch. Here she gives her favorite books featuring overweight protagonists.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $15). To me, this collection of linked stories about a difficult but loving woman and her neighbors in small-town coastal Maine is perfect — precisely written, emotionally correct, and a dream to read. Strout writes about obesity with immaculate wisdom: “The appetites of the body were private battles.” Read more…

The “Floral Kiss” Laptop & 6 Other Patronizing For-Women-Only Products

Finally, a laptop pretty enough to entice women into using it! The ”Floral Kiss” laptop ”features a flip latch that can easily open the display — even by users with long fingernails.” It comes daintily adorned with gold and pearl designs, scrapbooking software and daily horoscopes. The whole thing is “insulting,” says Jenna Sauers at Jezebel — just like these 6 equally patronizing products designed for the ladies. Read more…

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