The Cozy Life

Living hygge is all the rage right now, and one of the simplest guides to embracing this Danish concept is The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge. Author Pia Edberg shares her firsthand knowledge about the concept from growing up in Denmark in order to help readers embrace hygge, from recipes to personal stories, concrete tips on room transformation to changing your attitude, clothing, and life itself.

What do we expect of our authors?

Hint: A lot.

A lot of people are tearing into J.K. Rowling lately with the release of her new, not-for-kids novel. It's just too good a story, it practically writes itself: "Beloved children's author is not a nice person." This Salon article rightly takes a New Yorker interview to task for being snarky about Rowling's personality.

But why should it matter? Who cares if J.K. Rowling is prickly and distant? That doesn't change the Harry Potter books a bit. It also reflects badly on our celebrity starved culture, that we want - nay, demand - anything different.
Stephen King is a victim of this phenomenon from the other direction. How many interviewers have been surprised to discover that King is, in person, a pleasant and congenial person. I guess they assume that the man who wrote the world's most popular gore and horror novels would be a vicious, snarling beast.


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