Lena Dunham versus Jane Austen in the “New Adult” Smackdown

Here goes the idiotic “publishing thing” again. A marketing demographic – in this case, young people from the ages of 18 – 22 – is being hijacked as a “genre” for fiction. They call it “new Adult.” If that doesn’t make you, presumably an adult, run and woof into a trash can, I don’t know what will.

Publisher’s Weekly even had a podcast, or something. Young editors, not conversant in how the internet works or in fact their own competition – crowed about this new genre that would step in where chick lit failed.

Here are the words I have for “new Adult” aficionados and the editors and writers who fall for this malarky. You have some shoes to fill:

1. Jane Austen
2. Mark Twain (remember Huck Finn? You read it? In school, maybe?)
3. F Scott Fitzgerald (lyrics by Jay-Z)
4. Charlotte Bronte
5. William Faulkner (Quentin wasn’t very old, kids)
6. Dostoyevsky (You best get off that toilet and write, Lena!)
7. Carson McCullers

“New adult” is a selling term that I should never have heard of. It’s a term that tells you what website to promote a book on.

Do NOT turn your talented authors into writers churning out text for a marketing term. You put them in a ghetto where those who define themselves as “adult” will never find them. For shame.

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An UnFat Future: No Scooter for Me Because I Know How Not to Be Fat

I don’t mean to boast; but I finally figured how not to be fat. I eat the food I didn’t want to eat in one form ( a vegetable, a fruit ) in a form I do love: a drink that resembles a milkshake.

One green smoothie (don’t use processed sugar – use raw honey for the active bee particles) ~ will provide an infusion of nutrition into your body and keep your blood level stable. You won’t have a craving or want to binge. Try to eat as healthy as you can and add a smoothie when you are hungry.
Smoothies, meals, smoothies, meals. It works.

I learned it all writing a cookbook. It was Paleo smoothies. Then I wrote this http://amzn.to/1mrjnAp because I’m a cook and wanted to add teas and tisanes and cook’s tricks. In the process, the weight melted away without my paying attention. My skin glowed. It was unconscious and fun.

In between meals or green smoothies, drink lots of water. Pure clean water. That’s what your body really wants anyway. It can just get boring once in awhile. Use the purest water you get get. Make your ice cubes out of the same clean water.

Here are some ideas for that water:

1. Add slices of cucumber and let the water sit at room temperature for at least an hour. (You want a green whisper of cucumber flavor in the water.) Add ice and serve.
2. Add thin slices of lemon or lime or oranges or any combination therein.
3. Make a tisane by pouring almost boiling water of an herb of flower such as lavender or chamomile. Serve warm or over ice.
4 Lemon and raw honey water: Juice of 2 lemons anad 1 teaspoon raw honey (Lemon dulls the appetite and raw honey is the perfect sweetness.)
%. Teas, the darker or the greener the better. Cool. Hot. Lots of tea.