What a Lovely Glass Ceiling!: At last night's Comedy Womb at the Rendezvous, a parade of over two dozen comics took the stage before the friendliest audience imaginable. Tons of folks were plenty funny, but joke of the night went to Andy Iwancio, a trans comic who bragged about having employers so across-the-board accepting of her new womanhood "they lowered my hourly wage."
Need Help Figuring Out Which Book to Ban? If you're more of a follow-the-herd book-banner, you might want to consult the 10 most challenged books of 2013. Stranger Genius Sherman Alexie is number 3 on the list. Way to go, Sherman!
Dave Eggers Comes Up with His Worst Title Yet: The good news is that Dave Eggers is publishing a novel in June. Aside from Eggers and his publisher, nobody knew this book even existed. The bad news is the title of this novel: Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? Wow. WOW. Wow. That book sure does have a title, all right.
Want to Get Depressed About the Future of Publishing? This list is making the rounds. Here's #4:
4. Average book sales are shockingly small—and falling fast.
Combine the explosion of books published with the declining total sales and you get shrinking sales of each new title. According to BookScan—which tracks most bookstore, online, and other retail sales of books (including Amazon.com)—only 225 million books were sold in 2013 in the U.S. in all adult nonfiction categories combined (Publishers Weekly, January 6, 2014). The average U.S. nonfiction book is now selling less than 250 copies per year and less than 2,000 copies over its lifetime. And very few titles are big sellers. Only 62 of 1,000 business books released in 2009 sold more than 5,000 copies, according to an analysis by the Codex Group (New York Times, March 31, 2010).
Can’t Shit in Peace: A toddler who slipped out of his house while his mom was in the bathroom was found inside a claw machine at a bowling alley. The heart wants what it wants.