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Sunday, February 08, 2004

From Saturday's St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Houston's readers know what they're getting, because her books fall squarely into a genre as clearly defined as thrillers or mysteries or romance novels or science fiction. Readers don't have a name for the genre, but the book industry does: She writes "cozies."

'Cozies' are kinder, gentler murder mysteries
Wall Street Journal

My estimation of the Wall Street Journal's accuracy has dropped. 1) Cozies are a subgenre of mystery, not a full-fledged genre. 2) Fans do call them cozies, though not all readers may know the term.

Crisis magazine, a publication that examines politics and culture from a Roman Catholic viewpoint, published an article last fall that puts a magnifying glass to "The Da Vinci Code" history, examining the novel's big assertions and small historical details.

An sf fan gets mentioned:
Find the article, written by Sandra Miesel, at www.crisismagazine.com/september2003/feature1.htm.

Decoding 'The Da Vinci Code'
Book popularizes Jesus' marriage myth
From the India edition of Google News:
Britain to lure Indian film-makers
Times of India - 14 hours ago
LONDON : Britain plans to lure some of the Bollywood business to the country as its Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt is backing a scheme to raise 34 million pounds to set up a production base for Indian films made in Europe, specifically in ...
Now, Leicester plans a B'wood clone Economic Times
Now, from Bollywood to 'Leicester' wood Hindustan Times
The Times, UK (subscription) - and 5 related

Rudraksh is sci-fi Ramayana
Times of India - Feb 6, 2004
MUMBAI: Bollywood is about to release its second foray into the world of sci-fi thrillers, which this time goes back thousands of years to delve into the realms of Hindu mythology.
` Rudraksh ` : Modern - day ` Ramayana Sify
Press meet of Rudraksh IndiaFM
and 4 related
Neoliberalism is rapidly becoming the socialism of the 21st century, and as proof, I offer you John Gillingham's voluminous history of the European Union, European Integration 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy. It recasts the entire history of Europe, and of EU institutions in particular, as the combat of a courageous vanguard of free-market activists against duplicitous unions, socialist political establishments, and entrenched, government-supported bureaucrats and monopolists. If Friedrich Hayek is the Karl Marx of this grand fairy-tale, the hero of the revolution - Gillingham's Lenin if you will - is Margaret Thatcher. And when the revolution is repudiated - a process already well underway - I predict that Gillingham will be one of its academic Trotskyists, forever complaining about how compromises and betrayals prevented Europe and the world from fulfilling the historically inevitable mission of an entrepreneurial revolution. Just as socialist revolutionaries used to complain about how the workers are always willing to accept such bourgeois blandishments as job security, regular raises, long vacations and home and automobile ownership over the proletarian revolution, I foresee for Gillingham a future of bitching about how the people never could understand that good returns in the financial markets were more important than whether or not they had paycheques that could pay their bills.

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